The authorities revealed the schedule for a new week of mass vaccination against the Covid-19 coronavirus in the country.
The authorities have released a new calendar and the number of new people who can access the drug. In this way, progress is being made in the government’s plan to inoculate 15 million people during the first semester.
Who can be vaccinated between Monday, September 13 and Thursday, September 16?
For this week, between Monday 13 and Thursday 16 September, booster doses are scheduled for the population vaccinated with Sinovac for people aged 45 to 18 years whose second doses have been carried out until March 14.
Booster doses are also scheduled for the population vaccinated with Sinovac for people from 55 years of age whose second doses have been carried out until May 9
Also, between Monday the 13th and Wednesday the 16th of September; the first doses are scheduled for laggards from 17 to 14 years with Sinovac, and that of children with specific comorbidities between 11 and 6 years; in addition to the second dose to the population vaccinated with Sinvoac, AstraZeneca or Pfizer until August 22; with at least 28 days from the first dose. First dose is also contemplated for stragglers from the age of 18 with Sonovac, CanSino or AstraZeneca.
Pregnant women who are between the first 16 weeks of gestation and with comorbidities will be able to continue with the vaccination process; presenting the Pregnancy Vaccination Concierge Form.
How many vaccinated are there so far in Chile?
Until last Thursday, September 9, 13,770,126 people had accessed the first dose of the vaccine; with 26,443,667 doses administered in total since the process began. In addition, there are already 13,229,307 people who have completed their second dose throughout the vaccination process in Chile.
In the portal “I Vacuno”, you will be able to access all the vaccination places in the country, where you can see where they are vaccinating, depending on the city you are in.
What diseases are part of the population at risk?
- Chronic pulmonary: Bronchial asthma, COPD, cystic fibrosis, pulmonary fibrosis of any cause, Tuberculosis under treatment.
- Neurological: Congenital or acquired neuromuscular, which determine swallowing disorders or the management of respiratory secretions, epilepsy refractory to treatment.
- Chronic kidney: Kidney failure stage 4 or higher, dialysis.
- Chronic liver: Cirrhosis, chronic hepatitis, liver disease.
- Metabolic: Diabetes mellitus, congenital metabolic diseases.
- Heart disease: Congenital, rheumatic, ischemic and cardiomyopathies of any cause.
- Arterial hypertension in pharmacological treatment.
- Obesity: BMI ≥ 30 in adults and adolescents BMI> +2 SD.
- Autoimmune: Lupus, scleroderma, rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn’s disease, and others.
- Cancer in treatment with radiotherapy, chemotherapy, hormonal therapies or palliative measures of any kind.
- Immunodeficiencies: Congenital or acquired, includes transplants and people living with HIV.
- Severe mental illness: Schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.
What documents should I get if I have a chronic illness?
Patients with chronic diseases (comorbidity) must present any of the following documents to prove their health condition:
- Medical certificate (certifying diagnosis).
- Chronic card.
- Being in the internal registry of the health establishment with a chronic pathology.
Cautions to consider in the process
Caroline Weinstein Oppenheimer, Ph.D. in Microbiology and Immunology, explained to ADN.cl that indeed the vaccine does not reach its effectiveness until a few weeks after inoculation.
“Protection is not achieved until one to two weeks after the second dose. That is with all the vaccines approved in Chile ”, explained the expert who is also an academic at the Faculty of Chemistry and Pharmacy of the University of Valparaíso (UV).
In this sense, the specialist assured that those who have not received the second dose of the vaccine have a greater chance of catching Covid-19 or even dying from the disease compared to those who do receive it.
“The information from Brazil for Sinovac indicated that cases of severe disease were decreasing, but with low casuistry (reasoning based on cases). This means that it can also happen that a vaccinated person becomes ill and even dies “, he explained and highlighted:” but by getting vaccinated we reduce the possibility, especially if we continue to take care of ourselves “.
The reason for dividing the vaccine into 2 doses
In addition, the expert explained why vaccines against the coronavirus are divided into two doses. »
The first time (the vaccine is received) a certain basal response is created and the second dose finds an existing memory and this has an effect of amplifying the immune response, “he explained.
In the same way, Weinstein explained that the effectiveness of vaccines against the coronavirus also depends on the age of the people.
“Older people may be less responsive to vaccines because the immune system declines as we age,” he noted.
“For this reason, we insist on maintaining protection measures after being vaccinated,” emphasized immunology.
Let us remember that vaccination in Chile began on December 24 and, to date, 13,770,126 people have been inoculated in our country, according to the latest report from the Ministry of Health.
Chile, leading country in process
The race for vaccines against Covid-19 is a global reality and in Latin America, despite having started after the United States and Europe, countries have already taken steps towards immunization.
With the new and contagious Delta variant increasing the numbers of infected in that country and its neighbors, the nations of the region have put the accelerator on the vaccine process, although in some of these it is still not enough.
According to figures from Bloomberg, Chile is the country with the most advanced vaccination process in Latin America, with a partial percentage of vaccines applied of 90.59%, for a total immunization of 87.03% of its population.
Currently, our country has 13,770,126 inhabitants with the first dose applied, while, as of Thursday, September 2, 13,229,307 Chileans already have both, after nine months of vaccination.