“The best vaccine is the one that is available”: Bermont

File photo. A health worker fills a syringe with a dose of AstraZeneca’s vaccine against COVID-19 at the newspaper library of the National University in Bogota, Colombia August 15, 2021. REUTERS/Luisa Gonzalez

The Director of Promotion and Prevention of the Ministry of Health, Gerson Bermont, presented the progress and challenges of the National Vaccination Plan against covid-19 and insisted that “The best vaccine is the one that is available.”

During the presentation of the report in the framework of the Unified Command Post 116, from La Dorada, Caldas, and which had more than 860 participants, Bermont indicated that the country advances by 77.7% in first and only doses; 59.5% in second and single doses and 16% in booster doses.

“The goal we set for ourselves is to reach a minimum of 80% of the first by January 30,” Bermont said, adding that “this weekend we will be very close to 60% of the population with complete schemes. We can’t relax. Ómicron is a very fast variant and the answer we have is to be faster in the Vaccination Plan, to return to our application history”.

The official also noted that 189,722 first doses have been applied in pregnant women, 499,508 in migrants, 3,545,866 first doses in children from 3 to 11 years old, 1,562,225 second doses in children from 3 to 11 years old and 4,849,402 booster doses in all ages.

“In December we had two deaths of unvaccinated pregnant women. The message must be fundamental in that sense”, assured Bermont, making a new call to this population group to attend the vaccination point for their doses of protection against covid-19.

The official reiterated the advantages of receiving heterologous vaccination and again presented what are the vaccines that each citizen can receive when they go to get their booster dose.

In accordance with Resolution 2389 of 2021, people who applied the initial regimen of the Moderna and AstraZeneca biological can access the third dose of Moderna or AstraZeneca. For those who started their immunization with the single dose of Janssen, booster doses of Janssen itself, Moderna, or AstraZeneca are available. And people who applied the first two doses of Sinovac will have to reinforce their regimen with Moderna, AstraZeneca or Sinovac.

The director also presented the advances made by age groups. For those over 70 years of age, progress is 97.9% in the first and only doses, 94.2% in the second and only doses, and 45.9% in reinforcements.

In the group of 50 to 69 years old, the advance is 88.3% in first and only ones, 81.55% in second and only ones and 29.2% in reinforcements. In the range of 30 to 49 years, there is an advance of 92.1% in first and only, 74.3% in second and only and 8.2% in reinforcements.

In the range of 12 to 19 years, the data indicate that there is an advance of 78.6% in first and only, 51.4% in second and only and 3.7% reinforcement. And, finally, in the group from 3 to 11 years old, the advance is 49.2% in the first and 21.1% in the second.

Bernmont indicated that During the month of January, 827,636 first, 1,696,672 second and 1,429,168 unique applications were applied. The Minister of Health, Fernando Ruiz, stated that from the territorial entities and secretariats of Health “You have to remember communication messages by different means, remembering that the booster dose is being applied at four months.”

During his speech Bermont also stated that work strategies have been designed between the Secretaries of Education and Health. And he cited some that should be implemented, such as the opening of vaccination days in educational establishments and related activities, articulation with recreation and sports spaces, search for places of micro concentration, Matriculatón con Vacunatón.

The goal for Bermont is “minimum 120 children vaccinated going forward.”

Lastly, he asked to intensify the search for the population that has not yet received the first dose of the vaccine against COVID-19, third, to the EAPB to continue with the nominal follow-up of the affiliated population in order to evaluate the status of the vaccination schemes. vaccination.

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