Given the low vaccination rate against Covid-19, regional authorities of some communities, companies and organizations started a crusade to encourage people to get vaccinated, thus increasing the number of vaccinated citizens and preventing the spread of the coronavirus.
Santa Cruz, La Paz, Sucre, and Cochabamba have all embarked on this route to reward residents who visit mass vaccination centers.
Cochabamba companies from various sectors announced that today they will announce their promotions and incentives for people who come with their vaccination ticket.
The Department of Health of the Department (Headquarters) of Santa Cruz and the Chamber of Gastronomy of that region have signed an agreement to help people who have received the appropriate cans with a dessert or drink.
Under the agreement, the Gastronomy Chamber will distribute 100,000 leaflets to all of its members detailing the biosecurity measures and benefits of the vaccine.
In Sucre, the Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Services and Tourism (Cainco) is promoting a campaign for affiliates to give discounts on the sale of goods and services to people who present their vaccination card, be it in the first or second dose .
“So that we can make this process (vaccination) massive, which is the only one that guarantees the return to normal and stops new waves of infections that prevent the economic reactivation of our department and city,” said the director and secretary of the Cainco Treasury, Franco Bohórquez, to the Correo del Sur.
Meanwhile, the La Paz municipality authorities are preparing a massive vaccination day, concerned about the low level of citizen attendance at the vaccination centers.
La Paz City Mayor Iván Arias said the daily average of vaccinations in the department is 7,000 people, which is considered “very low”. It is therefore necessary to find mechanisms to achieve a larger number of vaccinations.
It was therefore decided to hold a “massive vaccination day” in the city of La Paz on July 11th before the Julian celebrations.
Community Health Secretary Cecilia Vargas pointed out that the goal of Immunization Day is to reach 20,000 people.
“We are coordinating with headquarters and the universities so that they can work with us on this activity, as vaccination has not yet reached all citizens,” he said.
The Bolivian Medical College has expressed its support for this mass vaccination day through its President Luis Larrea.
“You have to regain the trust of the population and explain to them that we need them to get any kind of vaccine in order to have a little immunity and that is exactly what the majority lacks information for the people,” he said.
“The National Scientific Committee report states that La Paz, Cochabamba and Santa Cruz are entering de-escalation, first on a plateau and then in de-escalation. What you need to see is continue to put in place biosecurity measures like the use of alcohol, the chin strap, and human-to-human distancing, which will be a lot more help to reduce this significantly, “he said.
La Paz mayor’s office announced it would reward restaurants who ask their customers for vaccination cards and those who vaccinate all of their staff.
National lawmakers are demanding to go to centers
Rep. Juanito Angulo (MAS) urged the population over 30 to go to vaccination centers for the dose of hope and help in the task of reducing the effects of the pandemic.
“At this moment, the places where people are vaccinated are empty, even though it has been the largest population for 30 years, then we have to encourage, we have to inform, we have to raise awareness among our population so that the population can benefit from the vaccination, which is very important, ”he said.
He also said that while the national government has strategies to promote vaccination, it is up to local governments to share some of their responsibility.
Angulo also pointed out that voluntary vaccination does not mean that the population is not consciously taking responsibility for their health and that of their families.
For his part, his colleague Sandro Ramírez (MAS) emphasized that the Bolivian state had already done the work and efforts through its authorities to provide sufficient quantities of the vaccine so that it was up to the population to go to the vaccination centers.
“We would like to call on the Bolivian population to be vaccinated according to the schedule of the Ministry of Health and our headquarters (health services of the departments), which we carry out in the nine departments. We shouldn’t look for excuses, let alone choose the best one, it’s about prevention so as not to get infected with COVID-19, ”he recommended.
The first dose barely reached 25%
Since the beginning of the mass vaccination process against Covid-19, there have been ups and downs despite the flexibility in the age range, which was previously open to 30 to 39 year olds.
According to official information, 2,549,403 vaccines had been administered between the first and second dose by June 29th. The people who received the first dose were 1,857,751, which is 25.9 percent, while the second dose received 691,652, which is 9.6 percent.