Perhaps it is the long confinement, the lack of social contact during the year and a half of the pandemic, the desire to return to universities, interrupted futures, movie afternoons, bars with friends, soccer games or other sports, the need to go out to work safe. I don’t know what prompted them, but the call for young adults to get vaccinated was a success.
In Mexico City the problem was not to convince them, as in the United States through an offer of 100 dollars to whoever would accept the dose as proposed by Joe Biden, or for some baseball tickets or a dose of pot, as happened in California, but that there were enough vaccines.
Here they not only attended the call but they saturated the venues, the planned vaccines ran out and he had to use those scheduled for the following week.
At the National Medical Center, 50 vaccination cells attended 2,500 people per hour, at a rate that would allow vaccinating, just at that point, about 80,000 people in five days.
It is a pleasure to see them come, alone or accompanied, for their dose of Sputnik or AstraZeneca, regardless of whether that night their fever will rise or they will feel their body cut, because they are the ones who most report temporary secondary reactions to vaccination.
They even have their playlist to liven up the wait, long compared to other age groups who in half an hour, at the most, we were already vaccinated.
They enjoyed the music. Dancing “Bichota” and “Tusa” by Karol G, “Optimista” by Caloncho, “Rebelde” by RBD, “Fix my soul” by Panteón Rococó or “Broken lips” by Zoé and with the rhythm of Pandemio and Covidio, they were more more committed than their older brothers, the generation of thirty-something, so full of anti-vaccines and skeptics.
They were not stopped by the daily notes against the National Vaccination Strategy, nor by the news about the secondary effects, the scandals or the political manipulation of those who have made disqualification a daily matter.
Perhaps it is a good lesson for those who spent the beginning of the year speculating on the rate of vaccination and calculating how at the rate of January immunizing the entire population would take a decade.
Or for those who join without looking at the scandal in turn, such as the alleged disappearance of vaccines, which turned out to be a baseless story but which served to crush vaccination for a whole week.
Responsibility, solidarity, empathy, I only think of those verbs with positive meaning when I witness that enthusiasm or need of these young adults to get vaccinated as soon as possible.
Your decision matters. It will have positive impacts on the control of the pandemic. Hopefully, and in those who have a voice and access to the media in public space, that enthusiasm would be reproduced, that rush to leave the night of the covid behind.
Even those on Sunday who were called forward.