Peru's President: Entire population to be vaccinated in shortest possible time

Photo: ANDINA/Minsa

Photo: ANDINA/Minsa

12:59 | Lima, Jul. 28.

The new President of the Republic Pedro Castillo on Wednesday affirmed that one of his government's priorities will be to vaccinate the entire (eligible) population in the shortest possible time.

"Our first great task is to continue the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, which has hit our country very badly. I cannot forget those Peruvians who are no longer with us. We will honor their memory by ensuring that this is a priority," he expressed.

The Peruvian leader underlined that the pandemic is not over, noting that he is convinced that the country will move forward.

The top official stated that this will be possible by "building on what has been achieved so far, by listening to the science and putting the well-being of Peruvians first. Our efforts will focus on guaranteeing the vaccination of the entire population in the shortest possible time." 

70% of the population

Mr. Castillo commented that only 16% of the population has received two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. For this reason, intensive work will be carried out to immunize most Peruvians by the end of this year.

"This implies the huge challenge of vaccinating more than 70% of the population and achieving community immunity. We are going to get the entire State apparatus involved and —together with our mobilized people— we will immediately call all regional governors and their regional directors to evaluate actions to face the pandemic," he said.

According to the Head of State, various measures will be taken to make this happen soon. For example, opening hours at vaccination centers will be extended and the vaccination reach will be expanded to populous areas in different capitals.


Published: 7/28/2021
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