Deputy Minister for Promotion, Epidemiological Surveillance and Traditional Medicine, María Renée Castro, reported yesterday that 3 million vaccines are available nationally, blaming sub-national governments for the slow progress of vaccination. He urged to change strategies and opt for mobile brigades to achieve herd immunity.
“It is important that the authorities of the sub-national governments continue to guarantee that these vaccines reach the population, we must make the same efforts (as the government does). We don’t want the vaccines to be stored. We ask the central level that they fulfill their role, we ask them to fulfill their task, ”he said at a press conference.
According to the Vice Ministry of Communications, as of August 30, 2021, vaccines are available under the following information: 766,783 in Santa Cruz, 541,052 in La Paz, 335,572 in Cochabamba, 270,158 in Oruro, 238,426 in Potosí, 264,539 in Beni, 176,731 in Tarija and 99,627 in Pando. The National Warehouse PAI also has 174,720 cans.
“We see with concern that we are servicing nearly 3 million cans in cold chains Health, Jeyson Auza.
To date, 53 percent of the vaccinable population are on the first dose and 36 percent have a full schedule, Castro reported. “I think it is important to remember that we are still pending a lot of vaccines and again do not see those vaccines waiting in the cold stores,” said the deputy minister.
Sputnik’s arrival announced for today
María Renée Castro recommended that the departments and municipalities “employ staff to ensure mobile brigades that bring the vaccines closer to the population and do not wait there for the population to go to the vaccination centers.”
In this regard, Minister Jeyson Auza reported that in the coming days they will be supplying mobile refrigeration equipment “so that communities can move vaccines” to remote areas.
The Vice Ministry of Communications yesterday confirmed the arrival of a second dose of the Sputnik-V vaccine for that Tuesday, noting that “the venues are establishing schedules to immunize the population between Thursday and Friday”.