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Third wave of COVID-19: INS specialist explains importance of receiving the booster dose

Lima, January 7, 2022Updated on 07/01/2022 11:11 am

The National Institute of Health (INS), entity of the Ministry of Health (Minsa), stressed the importance that people receive the third dose, or booster dose, of the vaccine against coronavirus (COVID-19).

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Javier Silva Valencia, researcher at the INS Strategic Interventions Unit, indicated that the booster dose is necessary due to the appearance of new variants of COVID-19 and the decrease in the effectiveness of vaccines over the months.

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He also emphasized that it is essential that people over 60 years of age and with comorbidities, such as diabetes, hypertension and obesity, receive their third dose, since They have a higher risk of dying if they become infected.

All vaccines, thus far, have helped us prevent serious illness and death from COVID-19. However, as time progresses and as the appearance of new variants this effectiveness decreases, to a greater or lesser extent in those over 60 years of age, people with other diseases, people with (impaired) immune systems or decreased defenses”, Indicated the specialist.

We have observed that infection rates and mortality rates have increased in the last weeks of 2021, thus, for example, that in those over 60 the risk of dying is more than 20 times in those who have not completed their vaccination schedule. Likewise, in people with comorbidities such as high blood pressure, diabetes or obesity, the risk can be up to 6 times”He added.

That is why the importance of complying with the three doses, all vaccines protect. The third dose is not just a booster dose, but it is necessary to be able to continue protecting ourselves against COVID-19″ He emphasized.

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On December 21, the Minister of Health, Hernando Cevallos, reported that people can access their third dose if three months have passed since the second vaccine was applied.

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