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COVID-19 in Peru: why do I have to receive the AstraZeneca vaccine as a booster dose?

Lima, February 13, 2022Updated on 02/13/2022 09:42 am

Vaccination against coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to advance at the national level and proof of this is that apply third doses to people over 18 years in order to reinforce your protection against this disease.

In addition, let us remember that it is a requirement that those over 40 years of age prove to have their booster dose on their vaccination card to be able to enter closed public establishments such as shopping centers, restaurants, among others.

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WHAT DOSE OF REINFORCEMENT CORRESPOND TO ME?

Sources from the Minsa specified to this newspaper that since the beginning of the placement of the third dose against COVID-19, on October 15, 2021, those over 18 years of age who have completed three months or more since receiving their second vaccine have been inoculated with Pfizer or AstraZeneca.

In this line, the entity indicates that those who completed their protection with Sinopharm can receive a booster dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine. In addition, they recall that this vaccine has shown a “high level of efficacy” in generating antibodies against COVID-19 when applied as a third dose.

Similarly, we must remember that more than 601,000 AstraZeneca vaccines are close to their expiration date, which is next February 28, so the Health Sector designed a plan, which is already underway, so as not to lose the drugs.

The former Minister of Health, Hernando Cevallos, explained to La República that This plan consists of prioritizing the use of AstraZeneca in booster doses and carrying out campaigns in favor of the vaccine. In addition, he commented that conversations have begun with the company to consider changing the doses with other antivirals.

”We had a meeting. We sent them a letter saying that we were going to take legal action because they were acting in an absolutely arbitrary way by giving us vaccines that were three months past their expiration date, and that they were late,” detailed.

The Minsa reported that as of February 12, 27.61% of people nationwide have received their booster dose against COVID-19.

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