The government approves the third dose of vaccine for people over 60 years of age

Health Minister Jeyson Auza reported yesterday that people over the age of 60, including those with an underlying disease who have completed their vaccination schedule, can receive their third dose of the coronavirus vaccine.

“We want to announce the qualification of the booster dose, which we are carrying out immediately. Any Bolivian who has received their first and second base and also has an underlying disease can benefit from a booster dose that will be given from today in the vaccination centers and health centers where the vaccine is being used, ”he told Auza.

With this in mind, the authority stated that the “heterologous” vaccination would be used. In other words, those who completed their vaccination schedule with Sputnik V, Sinopharam, and Pfizer will be vaccinated with the AstraZeneca vaccines on their third dose.

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“Jeyson Auza explained that heterologous vaccination is that a person who has received both doses of a Sputnik V vaccine can access AstraZeneca just like Pfizer-AstraZeneca or Sinopharm-AstraZeneca because scientific studies have shown their compatibility” , he reported on this to the Ministry of Health.

Auza assured that sufficient doses are guaranteed to immunize this age group and those with underlying pathologies with this heterologous dose and therefore mass vaccination centers will be available to administer this anticovid booster. “At the moment we have 800,000 doses available in the country that can be used from this date (…). This booster vaccination is aimed at all those people who have already received the first and second dose and those over 60 -Year-olds and those with an underlying disease, ”said the authority.

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An infectologist observes Plan

“A third dose is something positive and we will all need it, but it is contradicting to determine that reinforcement in a country where vaccination rates are still quite low,” said Iván Rodrigo Castedo, infectious disease doctor and university professor in an interview with ANF.

Castedo, however, asserts, despite a wise decision, that it is a priority in Bolivia to work out measures so that the population is massively vaccinated with both doses.

To date, according to the Our World in Data report, 29.2 percent of the Bolivian population have been vaccinated with the full vaccination schedule and 36.8 percent have at least one of the doses. Although higher numbers are processed and disseminated by the government.

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