Peru conducts national vaccination campaign aimed at children under 5 years of age

12:36 | Lima, Dec. 13.

A total of 8,131 vaccination stations are available across the country as part of the third round of the National Vaccination Campaign running in Peru, Health Minister Pilar Mazzetti reported on Sunday.

This new vaccination campaign takes place in four modalities. Citizens are encouraged to find out which one is available in their district, community, or region by clicking here.

Minsa's General Director of Strategic Interventions in Public Health Aldo Lucchetti reported that vaccination coverage in children has improved by 10%, which is very good; however, he noted that the coverage for 5-year-olds still needs to be expanded.

"That is why this vaccination campaign is going to focus mainly on children under 5 years of age. That is the goal this time, to meet the coverage target for young children," he said.

According to Lucchetti, the vaccination has been developed regularly throughout the year at all health facilities, where parents take their children —on a scheduled basis— to complete their immunization schedule.

"Our goal is to vaccinate 421,000 children in their corresponding schedules," he announced.

The Minsa official encouraged parents to ask nurses about their children’s schedule and vaccines when they reach the health facility.

If for any reason a child under 5 years of age cannot be vaccinated in this new round, parents should book an appointment for any day during the week at the nearest health facility in order to avoid queuing and reduce the possibility of contracting the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).


Published: 12/13/2020
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