Ministry of Health confirmed the beginning of the fourth wave of COVID-19 in Peru

The Minister of Health, Jorge López, confirmed this Sunday that the fourth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in the country.

“We are currently in a fourth wavesince we have seen the increase [de casos de coronavirus] and exceeded 5% [de contagios] in different provinces of our country, such as Junín, Arequipa, Cusco and the capital,” he said in an interview with RPP.

Jorge López exhorted the citizens to go to the vaccination centers and receive the dose against COVID-19in order to prevent serious cases and avoid admission to a hospital bed or the Intensive Care Unit (ICU).

“As long as the population is vaccinated, we are not going to need to be hospitalized or have to enter the ICU bed. He urged the population to go to the vaccination clinics; it is the best way to deal with this pandemic,” he said.

the owner of the Sometimes explained that the prognosis is that this fourth wave be like the previous one, since BA.4 and BA.5, two subvariants linked to the omicron variant, are “much more infective than BA.2”.

Get vaccinated against COVID-19

If you complete your immunization schedule, you will avoid possible medical complications or possible admission to an Intensive Care Unit (ICU). Therefore, if you belong to any of the following groups, go to the vaccination center closest to your home:

– Girls and boys aged 5 to 11 years who require their first or second dose (21 days after the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine).

– Adolescents 12 to 17 years old who require their first, second or third dose (5 months after the second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine).

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– People 18 years of age or older who require their first, second or third dose (3 months after the second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine).

– Latecomers of other ages who require a first, second or third dose.

– Patients diagnosed with cancer who require their first, second, third or fourth dose.

– People who present some risk factor or comorbidity (according to vaccination protocols against COVID-19 for this group of people).

The importance of the fourth dose

The fourth dose of the vaccine is already being applied to people aged 40 and over and to the vulnerable population from 18 years of age. In this regard, Víctor Suárez Moreno, head of the National Institute of Health (INS), said that this It is essential since immunity can fall in an average of 3 or 4 months after being inoculated.

“The population over 40 years of age received their third dose between December and January of last year and we are at the moment for them to receive their fourth dose,” he commented in News Extension of RPP.

Likewise, he stressed that citizens should not trust and continue with the vaccination protocols and preventive measures against the new variants of COVID-19. “We still lack coverage for a good percentage of the population with the third dose of the vaccines that protect us to avoid deaths, and that cushioned the great impact of the third wave,” he added.

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