Third dose: who will it apply to in Colombia – Health

The Minister of Health Fernando Ruiz assured this Tuesday that the application of a third dose of the vaccine against covid-19 for those over 50 and added that “It will be a decision made in the remainder of this year.”

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At the moment, the decision to apply this additional dose to people who due to medical conditions have the immune system compromised by some disease, transplant of an organ, or receive medication that affects their defenses system, as well as the older adults 70 years.

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The head of the Health portfolio also stated that they have budgeted for the future the possibility of applying a reinforcement to the Colombian population, but it would be for next year.

As to vaccination in boys and girls, explained that the Ministry of Health had a meeting with scientific societies and is awaiting the consensus of experts, “with
Based on that, we will meet in the Vaccine Committee to make the decision ”.

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A few days ago Gerson Bermont, director of Promotion and Prevention of the Ministry of Health, assured that in principle, a booster dose (third dose) will be applied from the same platform with which the person was vaccinated but the availability of said vaccines for this process.

However, booster doses with mRNA platform vaccines (Pfizer and Moderna) may be applied to those who received two doses (full schedules) with the Sinovac or AstraZeneca vaccines. This decision – to apply vaccines other than the initial ones – will be made by the person voluntarily.

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According to information from the National Vaccination Plan, 46’007541 doses have been applied in the country and there are 20’586.698 Colombians who already have their complete vaccination schedules. In this sense, with a cut-off date of October 24, 151,240 people in the national territory have received a third dose of the biological.

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