Campeche, Mexico—In recent weeks, thousands of public school teachers have lined up outside schools and hospitals in this southern state, and navy helicopters buzzing overhead, carrying the President of Mexico specifically for them The precious vaccine: Covid-19 vaccine.
The government’s own guidelines require first-line hospital staff and elderly people in Mexico’s worst-hit cities to be stabbed first. But teachers in rural Mexico are the key voting group.
Critics of President Andres Manuel López Obrador say that vaccinating teachers before all doctors is how the left-wing president has the third-largest official death toll from Covid-19 in the world The latest evidence of politics in the country through vaccination. Mr. López Obrador’s government did not follow the usual practice, but instead led the work by state health workers. Instead, it used officials from its welfare department “national soldiers”
Campeche is one of the main states where midterm elections are held in June. Opinion polls show that López Obrador’s Morena party has a chance to replace the former ruling PRI, which has ruled Campeche since the late 1920s. Although many countries have made teachers a priority for vaccination programs during the coronavirus pandemic, they are usually not ahead of health care workers.
Inside the hospital, medical staff have been angry with the government for vaccinating teachers, while nearly half of the state’s doctors and nurses are still waiting.