Since the beginning of its application in Peru, on January 1, more than 812,000 people have already received the bivalent vaccine against covid-19. But, what are the characteristics of this vaccine? Who can receive it? and where are they applying it? In this note we clarify all your doubts.
The Ministry of Health (Minsa) explains that the bivalent vaccine is a booster against covid-19, so called because it contains two protection components that allow a better immune response from the body against infection.
The first component protects you from the original virus, while the second component protects you from the world’s dominant omicron variant lineages.
Therefore, the bivalent vaccine will not only prevent hospitalizations, admission to intensive care units and deaths, but it could also stop the transmission of the disease or asymptomatic infection.
According to the Minsa, in Peru the bivalent vaccine is used as a booster, therefore, for its application it is necessary to have previous vaccinations of the regular scheme (monovalent).
Who can receive it?
You can receive the application of the bivalent vaccine against covid-19, if you have:
-18 to 59 years, after 2 months of having applied the fourth dose of the monovalent vaccine.
-60 years or more, after 2 months of having applied the third or fourth dose.
The Minsa specifies that, in the case of adults over 60 years of age and people with a risk factor, the fourth dose is optional to receive the bivalent vaccine.
In the case of pregnant women, they may receive the bivalent vaccine after 12 weeks of gestation, as long as 2 months have passed since the fourth dose.
Meanwhile, cancer patients will be able to receive the bivalent vaccine 3 months after the fourth dose and only if they have finished their cancer treatment, following their doctor’s recommendation.
Currently the bivalent only applies to people over 18 years of age. Those under 18 years of age receive 3 doses of the monovalent vaccine against covid-19.
If you need more information, call the 113 Salud Option 1 Line for free, 24 hours a day and throughout the year, from any landline or cell phone operator nationwide.
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