SANTIAGO (Reuters) (Reuters) – Chile will begin offering a fourth shot of the coronavirus vaccine next week to people with an immune disorder as announced by the government on Thursday. This is the first country in Latin America and one of the first countries in the world to offer the extra dose.
Pinera announced in an announcement in a press conference that “Starting next Monday January 10th, we will begin the Mass Vaccination Program with the fourth dose of vaccine, or an additional booster dose.”
Chile has one the highest rates of vaccination in world, and has been praised for its exemplary response to the pandemic. Chile has administered two doses to more than 85 percent of the population. Around 57% of the population has received a third booster shot, according to Our World in Data.
Chile’s announcement is made as Omicron variant which is a highly contagious Omicron variant that is spreading across the world. Many countries have reported high cases of COVID-19 even among vaccinated population. Cases in Mexico have more than doubled in the last week, and Peru imposed new restrictions this week.
Pinera said that Chile’s accomplishments in the vaccination process (…) puts us in the top tier of the top countries in the world in terms of how we have managed this epidemic. “And with this fourth dose, we hope to keep this position of leadership and protect the health and life of our compatriots.”
The vaccines for the fourth dose will consist of the same shots that have been administered to date in Chile as well as Pfizer-BioNTech Sinovac and AstraZeneca, according to Health Minister Enrique Paris.
Paris explained that this mix of vaccines in the first and fourth doses should result in “an improvement” in the immune system.
Chile reported its first Omicron variant case at the beginning of December. 698 Omicron variant cases have been confirmed. The majority of these cases correspond to those who traveled from outside of Chile.
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