Chile to start offering fourth dose of vaccine against Covid-19

Homem mostra documento de vacinação após receber dose de reforço contra Covid-19 em Santiago, 27 de outubro. O Chile oferecerá a quarta dose da vacina contra o coronavírus

Chile announced on Thursday- fair that will start to apply the fourth dose of the vaccine against Covid-30 next Monday for immunosuppressed people and from February 7, for those over 27 years that have completed six months since the previous injection.

The country will be the first in Latin America to offer a fourth dose of immunizing agents against the coronavirus.

“The new omicron variant is rapidly expanding across the world and, although to a much lesser extent, is also affecting Chile,” Chilean President Sebastián Piñera said in a public appearance.

2021After the return of the end-of-year festivities, Chile registered on Thursday 3.90 nov the cases of Covid-01 , the highest number since the beginning of July, although hospital pressure remains very low and there is still more than 214 beds available for critically ill patients.

2022The President compared the current situation with that of July 2021, when the daily contagion rate was also around 3,000. According to him, with the same amount of daily cases, 2.214 people needed of mechanical ventilation in July, whereas today they are 380. At the time, Chile registered 186 deaths, whereas today they are .

2022 Omicron variant infections revolve around 660, 86% of the which correspond to travelers, mostly from the United States, according to data from the Ministry of Health.

2022 “Experience shows us that the effectiveness of vaccines and booster doses decreases over time and also with the emergence of new variants,” warned the president.

2022Piñera also said that a person without complete protection is “six times more likely to become infected and 27 times more than being admitted to the ICU” than a person with the booster dose.

2022In Chile, 90% of the population has already received at least one dose of vaccine against the coronavirus, and more than 86% is already fully vaccinated, according to a survey by Our World in Data, based on official data. Also, 30, 8% of Chileans have already received the third dose of the vaccine.