Peru: Health personnel to have priority in first vaccination against COVID-19

Photo: ANDINA/Ministry of Health of Peru

Photo: ANDINA/Ministry of Health of Peru

12:18 | Lima, Jan. 7.

The first one million COVID-19 vaccine doses to arrive in Peru this January will allow the State to immunize half a million citizens, and the priority will be given to healthcare personnel nationwide, Health Minister Pilar Mazzetti reported on Thursday.

While supervising the freezer rooms, where vaccines will be stored in Callao region, the high-ranking official explained that there is a prioritized list of groups of people who will be immunized before others.

"There is a list that is being modified based on how the doses are presented. The top priority is the health personnel; therefore, half a million citizens, who work in the health sector in the country's subsystems, will be vaccinated," she expressed.

If within this first group, there are people who do not get vaccinated for some reason and their doses are available, these will be allocated to the second priority group made up of armed forces and police members.

In the case of older adults, who face a greater risk of contagion, the Cabinet member said that the Comprehensive Health Insurance (SIS) and the Social Health Insurance System (EsSalud) have nominal lists in which their diagnoses are registered.

Dr. Mazzetti affirmed that the personnel in charge of vaccination can also bring the COVID-19 vaccine to senior citizens who are not able to leave the places where they reside.

Finally, the Health minister explained that an exact date for the arrival of Sinopharm vaccines cannot yet be announced. However, she stressed that the contract signed with the Peruvian Government indicates it will be in January.


Last Wednesday, President Francisco Sagasti announced the purchase of a first batch of 38 million doses from the Chinese laboratory Sinopharm.

Published: 1/7/2021
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