The warning is given because many people are overconfident after receiving the first jab, as they think it provides adequate protection against the coronavirus and its variants.
Additionally, both doses were 96% effective against COVID-19 hospitalization.
Cardenas also reminded citizens that —after the second dose— protection is not automatic, and anyone must rather wait two to three weeks for the appearance of antibodies.
A total of 7,650,485 vaccine doses have been administered in Peru as of July 2 at 4:30 p.m. (local time). Within this framework, 3,165,640 people have received both doses.