Arce announces vaccination of 16- and 17-year-olds with Pfizer starting October 19

Vaccination against the coronavirus has been expanded again, this time to people between the ages of 16 and 17 with the doses from Pfizer that will arrive in Bolivia in the coming days, President Luis Arce announced on Tuesday.

“On October 19th, more than a million # Pfizer vaccines will arrive in #Bolivia from the # Covax Mechanism, giving us a total of 1,188,720 doses to start vaccinating minors between the ages of 16 and 17,” wrote the agent on Twitter.

The decision to widen the circle of beneficiaries was made weeks ago after the Ministry of Health and Sports decided to await studies that could determine vaccination of children under the age of 18.

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Various institutions and communities suggested expanding vaccination to stop the virus from spreading.

So far, vaccination in Bolivia has only reached people over the age of 18. According to the Ministry of Health report, as of Monday October 4, 3,446,433 people had already been vaccinated against Covid-19 with the first doses of the vaccines, 2,540,054 received the second doses and 883,865 received the Janssen unit dose.

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According to the report, Santa Cruz is the department with the largest number of beneficiaries of the first dose, which vaccinated 1,015,265 yesterday; 690,970 with the second dose and 315,567 with single doses.

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La Paz registers 824,958 vaccinations with the first dose, 596,929 with the second and 228,378 with single doses; Cochabamba, 613,488 with the first dose, 485,031 with the second, and 158,676 with single doses.

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