Peru: Health Min intends to start vaccinating people aged above 60 in June

Photo: ANDINA/Vidal Tarqui

Photo: ANDINA/Vidal Tarqui

08:59 | Lima, May. 1.

Peruvian Health Minister Oscar Ugarte has affirmed that the preliminary number of older adults vaccinated against COVID-19 on April 30 amounted to 47,732 nationwidea figure more than double that obtained on the first day of immunization of citizens aged above 80.

"We are satisfied with this result on the first day. Today, we have exceeded the goal that we had initially set for ourselves. The figure reached today proves that there is a greater demand, expectation, and interest in vaccination," he said in remarks to TV Peru on Friday night.

According to the National Registry of Identification and Civil Status (Reniec), 4.15 million people over 60 years of age reside in Peru.

The Cabinet member affirmed that —although there are some adjustments to be made to the vaccination process— the march is taking place in an optimal way thanks to the joint participation of personnel from the health sector, the Social Health Insurance System (EsSalud), as well as the health services of the Armed Forces, Police, and the private sector.

"Mayors have also played an important role in offering safe spaces for immunization. As never before, we have worked in an articulated manner. This not only makes the work more efficient but also more effective," he emphasized.

"There are some modifications in the curves, what remains is to wait. If in the coming weeks (the numbers of infections and deaths) begin to decrease, that would be good because (on the contrary) we may losing lives as of today," Ugarte expressed.

“Although this decreasing trend continues, the conclusion is no to sing victory as, in other countries, there is talk of the third and even the fourth waves," he added.


Publicado: 30/4/2021