Editorial Dept. Voz de la Diaspora
Panama will begin the application of the third booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine aimed at high-risk segments and people who could be exposed and contract the disease due to the work they do, informed the Minister of Health, Luis Sucre.
Sucre explained that the first phase of the plan includes health workers, adults from 55 years, bedridden patients, people in nursing homes and homes, security forces, and health personnel.
"... the decision was made to start the process of applying a booster dose to the population with the Pfizer vaccine, which will begin tomorrow, Wednesday, in public and private hospitals", Sucre explained during a report broadcast on television.
He added that the booster dose was also approved for people between 18 a 54 years with occupations with a high risk of contracting Covid-19 and with chronic diseases.
The dose will be applied at least six months after the second dose of either AstraZeneca or Pfizer..
Health workers from both the public and private sectors, as well as the members of the Joint Task Force, which includes the security forces, will be vaccinated from Wednesday at their workplaces.
Health authorities explained the importance of vaccinating the entire population, since according to official statistics the 82.3% of the deceased, and the 72% of those hospitalized in recent days, were not immunized against COVID-19.
The Central American country has applied 5,6 million doses of the vaccine from the pharmaceutical companies Pfizer and AstraZeneca since the national immunization plan against COVID-19 began last January, According to the official report.
At the end of September, the authorities announced that they would apply the third booster dose for high-risk people., and so far most of those immunized are dialysis patients, with HIV, hemodialysis and cancer, said the Ministry of Health.
Panama, what records 469,440 accumulated coronavirus infections and 7,275 deaths deaths from COVID-19, has been experiencing a sustained drop in cases for weeks, attributed in part to the extent of vaccination, and biosanitary measures, including the use of a mask.