30. January 2010 15:49
My Saturday morning ritual is a leisurely Mexican Breakfast at the Ajijic Plaza. I never know what the outcome of that breakfast will be. A couple weeks ago a pair of folkloric dancers showed up in the cafe. Early in January, a sudden unseasonal shower drenched the plaza while we watched, snug under our umbrella.
Today the unplanned event grew out of a newspaper article we read as we waited for our meal, According to the new Guadalajara Reporter, The Jalisco Department of Health has started a new program to vaccinate as many people in the state as possible, by setting up temporary clinics in grocery stores – starting with 38 Walmart stores around the state.
Representatives from the Chapala Centro de Salud public health clinic opened this mini-clinic on January 27 to begin the vaccination program. They will be there just outside the store’s doors seven days a week.
While the information in the Reporter says the nurses will be on duty from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., the sign we saw there today says they are dispensing vaccine from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily.
We’re told that the staff from the Centro de Salud will remain in this location until the end of March.
While the information released suggests that the vaccine is available, free, for those in higher risk sectors of the population – those over 60, children, and those with AIDS, hyper-tension, cancer, heart and kidney ailments, diabetes and obesity – I saw people of all ages in line.
Not everyone in line was happy to be having the vaccine – two small boys were not only unhappy, the youngest was close to hysterical for a bit. He brightened when it was his brother’s turn for the twin needles (seasonal and H1N1 flu vaccines.)
The wait was only about 20 minutes…it’ll be faster on week days when unhappy kids don’t have to be coaxed and/or held by three adults! It was a gratitude moment for me – I was thankful to not be holding a twisting, turning, screaming child! You can see the tears shining on the middle boy’s cheeks in the picture above.
How easy is this…no appointment, no cost, almost no waiting…stop at Walmart and get your shot, too.
Judy King is publisher of Mexico Insights—Living
at Lake Chapala, a monthly online magazine for people interested in Mexico's Lake Chapala region,
in the state of Jalisco.
Judy, a 19-year resident of Ajijic on Lake Chapala's north shore, conducts weekly
newcomer's seminars and shares her expertise about Mexico in her ezine at www.mexico-insights.com, and in the "Mexico
Lindo" column of the Lake Chapala Review.
Judy also is a speaker for local organizations and visiting tour groups about
the Lakeside area about Mexican customs and holidays.