Panama to supply third dose of COVID-19 vaccines to immunosuppressed patients

Third dose of vaccine against Covid-19 for patients vulnerable to diseases due to their health condition. Photo: Courtesy.
Editorial Dept. Voz de la Diaspora

Panama – Moderately and severely immunosuppressed patients will receive the third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine as of Wednesday, as their condition makes them vulnerable to the disease., and it could be that two doses are not enough to generate the necessary immunity, announced the government.

The immunization plan will be implemented after receiving authorization from President Laurentino Cortizo, said the Minister of Health, Luís Sucre during the weekly report on the management of the pandemic in Panama.

Health Minister , Luís Sucre recognized the third dose of vaccine against Covid-19 . Photo: Courtesy MINSA.

"... the additional dose aims to improve the immune response" of people in vulnerable conditions, Sucre stated.

In the first phase, among the patients who will receive the extra dose are those who receive cancer treatment for tumors or cancer in the blood., transplanted, those who use immunosuppressive medications, who have advanced or untreated HIV infection, others under active treatment with high doses of corticosteroids, he added.

In this way, Panama joins a small group of countries that have made the decision to apply a third dose to vulnerable people., despite the concern that different sectors around the world have expressed in the face of doubts about the future impact that it could bring.

Sucre acknowledged that the third dose in Panama is strictly for immunosuppressed people since even the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC for its acronym in English), does not recommend additional doses to other types of populations at this time.

The official explained that reinforcing the vaccination process has been important to control infections, decrease severe cases, and deaths.

Since January, Panama has applied 5.3 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, which is close to achieving community immunity in the country of about 4.2 millions of inhabitants, authorities say.

"Panama, We have gained a lot of ground from COVID-19, and we can say that we have it under control ... ", said the head of Health.

The Central American nation registered on Tuesday an accumulated of 464,781 coronavirus infections, Y 7,178 deaths, according to the Ministry of Health.