Peru: 7.4 million COVID-19 vaccine doses secured for children aged 5-11

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Photo: ANDINA/Diffusion

18:41 | Lima, Dec. 24.

The Health Ministry on Saturday reported that the arrival of vaccines against COVID-19 for children aged between 5 and 11 is ensured, which should land in Peru in the first half of January.

"We have secured more than 7.4 million doses which will arrive in the first fortnight of January 2022 for children aged 5 to 11 years old; it is a population of 3.7 million children," Minister Hernando Cevallos indicated.

The Cabinet member stressed that Peru is one of the first countries which has managed to secure vaccines for children.

"(...) We will start the vaccination of our children depending on what day the batches exactly arrive. We want to ensure the return to classes as soon as possible," he emphasized.

Although the minister indicated that the vaccination of children will not be mandatory to return to classes, he said it is recommended that minors attend in-person classed properly protected from the virus.

The Health sector's head also reminded citizens that 35 million doses from Pfizer and other 20 million from Moderna pharmaceutical company, which will arrive next year, are secured.

"These vaccines have shown greater efficacy against the variants that are appearing, such as Omicron," he noted.

Omicron variant

Regarding whether or not the country is in a third wave, Cevallos pointed out that "the volume of cases does not allow us to categorically say that we are in a third wave; however, there is a probability that this may happen."


Published: 12/25/2021
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