Young people between the ages of 16 and 17 who want to be vaccinated against Covid-19 must have their parents’ permission to do so, Health Minister Jeyson Auza said yesterday. Vaccination for this age group will start on October 21st.
As minors, they must present a declaration of consent for the vaccination signed by their parents or legal guardians or, in exceptional cases, by a relative living with them, Auza said.
The President, Luis Arce, announced Tuesday the arrival of more than a million Pfizer vaccines by October 19 through the United Nations Covax Mechanism, which will enable 458 thousand teenagers to be vaccinated.
Former Health Minister Guillermo Accounts pointed out that widening the age range for vaccinations “is a timely decision to achieve 70 percent herd or herd immunity and to overcome this pandemic”.
However, he said there was a need to reduce vaccination to children under the age of 12 by the end of the year to achieve greater coverage, depending on the vaccines available.
Meanwhile, Education Minister Adrián Quelca said the return of schoolchildren in face-to-face modality has been possible since 2022, following the widening of the age range for vaccination against the coronavirus to teenagers.
“With the vaccination for teachers, fathers and mothers, we guarantee schoolchildren the possibility of a safe return to face-to-face mode (…). At the pace we are pushing, it is predicted that at least high school students would return to face-to-face classes in 2022, ”he said, according to a press release.
The Pfizer vaccine is regulatory approved for use in minors. This immunizer was approved for 12 to 17 years and then the age range decreased. It is currently vaccinated from 10 to 17 years old in many countries.
This donation, due to arrive on October 19, was made by the United States government, said Charisse Phillips, the Chargé d’Affaires at the US Embassy in La Paz.
“As a mom, I’m excited to see #DirectDonate being used via #Covax from the Pfizer vaccine to get students back to school,” Phillips said on Twitter.
The Ministry of Health reported that over 6 million people across the state were vaccinated between the first and second dose of the Sputnik V, AstraZeneca, Sinopharm and Pfizer vaccines.
Of the total as of October 5, 2021, 3,453,791 people received the first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine, representing 60.5 percent of the vaccinable population over the age of 18. In the meantime, 2,553,154 people have completed the vaccination schedule with the second dose.
They allow points at airports
The Minister of Public Works, Services and Housing, Edgar Montaño, announced that vaccination centers against Covid-19 for people aged 16 and 17 will be set up at the international airports of El Alto, Cochabamba and Santa Cruz.
The state agency recalled that the country has 1,181,000 cans that are being distributed across the country with the support of Boliviana de Aviación (BoA).
He said that young people who need the vaccine against Covid-19 can request it for free before taking a scheduled flight.