BY Natalia Jimenez Segura | September 25, 2023, 8:51 AM
The National Commission for Vaccination and Epidemiology (CNVE) eliminated the monovalent vaccine from the protection scheme against COVID-19. This dose only protected against the original strain of the virus.
Now, as part of the update, only a bivalent vaccine will be applied, capable of combating new variants of the disease.
“Vaccines against COVID-19 and vaccines against seasonal influenza are an important part of the management and prevention of acute respiratory infections,” the authorities assured.
Only four out of 10 children have been vaccinated against influenza
According to the Children’s Hospital, of the 29 minors who have died from respiratory viruses this year, only half had their complete vaccination schedule.
In this way, the new scheme issued by the Ministry of Health is as follows:
People who have already received three doses of the COVID-19 vaccine: a booster with the bivalent vaccine is recommended. Users with two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine: the schedule is completed with a booster of the bivalent vaccine. Patients who only received one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine: the schedule is completed with one dose of the bivalent vaccine plus a booster. People without a COVID-19 vaccine: two doses of the bivalent vaccine and a booster.
“In the case of immunosuppressed people and special populations, the CNVE approved the following: complete the schedule indicated above, and add an additional dose of vaccine against COVID-19,” Health specified.
The institution continues to monitor the disease, despite the fact that the country is no longer in a state of emergency.
For the week of September 10 to 16, authorities reported 148 new cases of COVID-19 and four people died from this cause.
Personnel to care for respiratory infections will be reinforced with emergency funds
The Children’s Hospital has reserved beds to increase reception capacity for emergency services.