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Third dose against covid-19 will help to avoid expiration of vaccines


The booster recommendation was also made for those who received the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines at least six months ago. File photo. EFE / Ernesto Guzmán Jr.

Colombia has, according to the latest vaccination report from the Ministry of Health, 23,968,195 complete vaccination schedules against covid-19. A figure that, although encouraging, is not enough to achieve the herd immunity promised by the national government by the end of the year.

The figures show that vaccination is slow, something that could affect not only the health of Colombians, but the millionaire investment that has been made to buy vaccine vials from the different pharmaceutical companies that offer the vaccine against covid-19.

And it is that, according to information known by Blu Radio, there is a looming problem for the Ministry of Health and it is the expiration of more than half a million vaccines against the coronavirus, because it would stop serving for December of this year.

According to the investigation, in places like Boyacá and Cundinamarca, there are stored 100,000 AstraZeneca and Moderna vaccines, which must be applied before their expiration date, on December 4.

For this reason, the Ministry of Health issued an alert to the health entities of the territories so that the doses that are about to be finished in what remains of 2021 are applied.

On November 25, the Vice Minister of Health, Luis Alexander Moscoso delivered data on doses about to expire: AstraZeneca had 335,207 doses that expired on November 23, 446,943 that expire on November 30 and 335,207 that are for December 5. As for the Moderna doses, 645,944 were due on November 23, 861,258 are for November 30 and 645,944 on December 5.

To prevent biologicals from being wasted, the national government announced that booster vaccines may be applied, not only to those over 50 years of age, but also to medical personnel in order to save the remaining Moderna and AstraZeneca vials. President Iván Duque himself explained this measure and said that it will be carried out gradually.

“We are going to begin to gradually apply booster doses to people between 18 and 49 years of age to help us protect life and advance vaccination and be able to face any adversity that may represent increases in infections.”

Last Tuesday, November 23, the Ministry of Health of Colombia approved the third dose of the vaccine against covid-19 for the population between 18 and 49 years old in the national territory with the purpose of reinforcing the immunization of the elderly in the country.

This was confirmed by the Minister of Health, Fernando Ruiz, who pointed out that lThe application of the booster dose will be carried out through the stages of the National Vaccination Plan that will start from last Wednesday, November 24, which were approved by the Vaccine Advisory Committee.

This decision, taken by the Ministry of Health in relation to the available scientific evidence, contemplates that those of legal age who completed their vaccination schedule will be able to approach the IPS and the vaccination points, after fulfilling the established time, to receive the dose of boosters.

“This reinforcement complements the decisions already taken to reinforce the population over 50 years of age. The application will be made six months after the second dose or single dose for each citizen of the country, and will be progressively as the different stages of the National Vaccination Plan have been fulfilled “, said the head of the portfolio, Fernando Ruiz.

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