Mexican Judge Orders Vaccination of Teens Age 12 to 17

While vaccine mandates continue to be resisted and turned into political footballs in the United States, Mexico seems to be following suit, but in reverse. While children 12 and over are getting vaccinated in the U.S., Mexico has been skeptical about vaccines for adolescents. Mexican health authorities have only vaccinated children when ordered by a judge and have not made vaccinations for adolescents mandatory unless the child or teenager has underlying health conditions.

Recently, however, a Mexico State federal judge ordered the vaccination of teens between the ages of 12 and 17. The judge’s decision was based on an injunction of the family of a girl who wanted to be vaccinated. The judge ruled that “all health care is universal” and therefore all children in Mexico should be vaccinated regardless of health conditions.

The federal Ministry of Health in Mexico has decided to challenge the order. The President of Mexico, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, has said that he will not order the vaccination of children or adolescents because according to the World Health Organization: “Children and adolescents tend to have a milder disease compared to adults, so unless they are part o...

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