Bolivia will apply third voluntary dose against covid until the end of the month

The Bolivian Government announced this Monday the voluntary application without restrictions of a third dose of vaccines against covid-19 to people over 18 years of age until the end of the month to avoid the expiration of immunizers.

At a press conference in La Paz, the Minister of Health, Jeyson Auza, reported that "only" for this month it was determined "expand vaccination for the entire Bolivian population that voluntarily wishes to receive the booster dose".

The only requirement is that those who wish to do so "have been two months after receiving their second dose" Therefore, as of this Tuesday, this measure will be enabled in the different health points of the country, he said.

Bolivia has already started applying this third dose of vaccines since last week to those over 60 years of age and chronically ill.

One of the factors that influenced this expansion is that many vaccines "expire at the end of this month" and that the government "for no reason" will allow those doses to be discarded, in addition to avoid "a possible fourth wave"said the minister.

Auza explained that there are some 700,000 doses that are about to expire, mainly of the AstraZeneca type, which is the vaccine used as a complement to Sputnik V, Pfizer and Sinopharm, something that was demonstrated "goes up considerably" immunity to coronavirus.

In addition, the minister specified that the vaccination of 16 and 17-year-olds will also begin this Tuesday, initially with 188,370 doses of Pfizer vaccines.

While awaiting confirmation of the arrival of more than a million of those immunizers donated by the United States and channeled through the United Nations Covax mechanism.

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Since the end of last January, 3,507,199 first doses have been administered, equivalent to 61.5% of the vaccinable population over 18 years of age, which is estimated to be 7.2 million people.

While there are 2,699,381 applications of second doses and 909,326 of single vaccines, which represent 51.2% with the "full scheme".

Since March of last year, Bolivia has accumulated 18,834 deaths and 506,654 confirmed cases of which 18,881 remain active.

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