What is the vaccination status of the Argentine population in the middle of the third wave

Since the beginning of the National Vaccination Plan against COVID-19, 84,219,672 were applied in the country according to the latest available data (Efe)

Since the start of the National Vaccination Plan against COVID-19, of the 94,913,350 doses of some of the authorized emergency vaccines distributed in the country, 84,219,672 were applied according to the latest available data at Public Vaccination Monitor, the online registry of the Ministry of Health that shows in real time the immunization operation throughout the Argentine territory.

Now, at the time of closing this note, Of this total, 39,229,725 correspond to first doses, 34,365,507 to second doses, and 10,624,440 people have already received their third dose or booster dose, as appropriate, in accordance with the recommendations issued by the health portfolio.

In percentages in relation to the total population, 86.50% received at least one dose, 75.70% completed their initial schedule of two doses, and 23.40% already received their additional dose.

From these data it follows that The number of people who did not receive their second dose and did not complete their regimen is still very high. These are 5,102,362 inhabitants who, according to what the specialists strive to emphasize, are not properly protected against a SARS-CoV-2 infection.

In addition, 13.50% of the population, that is 6,122,558 people, did not receive any dose to prevent COVID-19.

In the eyes of the doctor in physics, researcher at Conicet and Secretary of Planning at the National University of Hurlingham, Jorge Aliaga, “the rate of vaccination is good in the country.” “The booster doses are progressing well because there are vaccines available and the elderly want to receive them,” he evaluated, while regarding the more than five million who have not yet received the second dose, he said: “I think that in the last month many who had not vaccinated went to do it, and those still don’t have the second dose. There is a group there. The rest possibly had COVID and are postponing it, and there will be others who do not want to be vaccinated. There must be a bit of everything.”

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The almost 85 million vaccines applied, under the magnifying glass

In percentages in relation to the total population, 86.50% received at least one dose, 75.70% completed their initial schedule of two doses, and 23.40% have already received their additional dose (Reuters)
In percentages in relation to the total population, 86.50% received at least one dose, 75.70% completed their initial schedule of two doses, and 23.40% have already received their additional dose (Reuters)

If the applications are broken down by condition, the official numbers indicate that the health personnel received 4,700,733 doses; strategic personnel (Security and Armed Forces, teachers and non-teaching staff at all educational levels, responsible for the functioning of the State and Penitentiary Service personnel), 7,822,225 doses; those over 60 years of age, 17,123,020; people aged 18 to 59 with risk factors, 12,613,401; adolescents from 12 to 17 years old with risk factors, 1,100,285 and children from three to 11 years old with risk factors, 521,391.

Meanwhile, among those without risk factors, 4,034,252 doses were applied to people from 50 to 59 years old, 6,024,662 to people from 40 to 49 years old, 17,260,196 to people from 18 to 39 years old, 5,422,402 to adolescents from 12 to 17 years old, and 7,361,548 to children from three to 11 years old.

As for the laboratories that Argentina has vaccines, of the total doses distributed and applied in the country, in descending order, of the Sinopharm inactivated virus vaccine, 26,330,194 doses were given; of the one made by the AstraZeneca laboratory and the University of Oxford, as well as its version produced in India (Covishield), 25,159,284 doses; Sputnik V Recombinant Adenovirus Formulation, 18,949,391; 9,082,024 for mRNA vaccine from Pfizer BioNTech Comirnaty; 3,968,889 of its similar of the same technology produced by the Moderna laboratory and 292,138 of the Cansino single-dose.

By age, according to data from the site covidstats.com.ar, with one dose, the age group that received the most vaccines is the one between 60 and 69 years old, with 99% coverage. 95% of them completed their two-dose schedule, and 65% have already received their booster dose.

The graph shows the progress of vaccination by age group in Argentina (Source: covidstats)
The graph shows the progress of vaccination by age group in Argentina (Source: covidstats)

With the same percentage (99%), the group of 40 to 49 years equals the previous one in first doses received. Meanwhile, 92% received two doses and 29% already received their booster dose.

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With 73% of third doses received, the group from 70 to 79 leads in the application of reinforcements, while the groups from 12 to 17 years old and from 18 to 29 are the ones that received the least reinforcements, for having been among the last in order of priority to start their schemes.

In the same way, The population aged 3 to 11 years, which was the last to be incorporated into the vaccination plan, with 71% receiving first doses and 48% receiving second doses, is the least immunized age group in the country.

The age group that received the fewest second doses is, coincidentally, the most active socially and at work, and the one that most worries the health authorities to complete their regimens in the framework of the current outbreak of the disease.

With 93% of first doses received between 18 and 29, almost 20% fewer (76%) received the second dose. As for the 30 to 39-year-old group, 97% started their scheme and 86% completed it.

Thus, in the midst of the third wave of the pandemic in the country, and while the low level of occupancy of beds in Intensive Care Units (ICU) compared to previous waves shows that vaccines make a difference in the current global health crisis, The strategic vaccination plan against COVID-19 in Argentina accelerated again in the middle of summer. Between the first week of December and the first week of January, weekly applications increased by 38%, as analyzed Infobae this week.

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