Initially, it had been announced that the process for the general population began on January 1, 2022.
Government advance the placement of the booster dose To the population in general.
Initially it had been announced that for the general population it was going to start January 1st 2022, but President Guillermo Lasso hinted that it will be done sooner.
“If you completed your vaccination schedule and it has already been six months since your second dose, put the reinforcement on tomorrow “, the president had said Monday night, when announcing the measures against the new omicron variant.
The Minister of Health, Ximena Garzón, He maintained that they were going to put the booster doses from January 1; however, due to the presence of the omicron variant, they will do so from December 1.
“People who are already six months after their second dose they can come closer (…), they can come closer to receive their booster dose, their third dose, ”he said in a virtual conversation on Tuesday.
In Ecuador, currently booster doses are given to health personnel, older adults and people with immunosuppression.
About the booster dose to be given to the general population, Waiter indicated that it will be used AstraZeneca and it will be maintained until there is another provision from the Ministry of Public Health (MSP).
AstraZeneca, intramuscularly, is the one that is placed, regardless of previous vaccination (Pfizer, Sinovac, AstraZeneca)
For people who suffer from immunosuppression moderate to severe, older than 12 years, the same vaccine received in the first and second doses will be used.
For those who received the single dose of CanSino, at six months they can receive the booster dose, Garzón added.
In the case of booster for vaccines such as Moderna o Johnson & Johnson that have not been applied in the country, indicated that they have been considered although he did not specify what type of vaccine will be used and indicated that the Ministry of Public Health (MSP) will send a statement in this regard.
Garzón maintained that it has been determined that omicron variant in Ecuador it is not circulating at the moment.
Announced that will increase testing with PCR tests.
He added that next week he will receive a donation of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) of PCR tests to carry out sequencing in provinces where there are more hot spots of contagion, as a priority but it will also be done randomly.