Chile will start its vaccination drive against the COVID-19 next week by inoculating adolescents aged 14 to 17 years and children aged 6 to 11 years with specific comorbidities, Deputy Minister of Public Health, Paula Daza informed on September 8, 2021.
“Between Monday, Sept. 13 and Thursday, Sept. 16, all adolescents between 14 and 17 years of age can be vaccinated at the Cesfams (Family Health Community Centers) ... as well as minors between 6 and 11 years of age with specific comorbidities,” Daza told local media.
Chile is among the first countries across the world to begin inoculating children, so “this is important news for protecting them,” Daza added.
Chile’s Institute of Public Health on September 6, 2021 gave the approval for the emergency use of the CoronaVac vaccine which is developed by Chinese pharmaceutical firm Sinovac, for children and adolescents between 6 and 17 years of age, to fight coronavirus.
Prior to the announcement, children ages 12 and above in Chile were being inoculated against coronavirus with the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.
As per the latest data released by the Health Ministry, 13,207,294 people in Chile have been fully inoculated against coronavirus with two shots or a single-dose vaccine, representing 86.89% of the target population of some 15.2 million people.
In the South American countries, 26,419,036 vaccine doses have been administered against coronavirus, mainly CoronaVac.
Chile has in recent weeks recorded its lowest numbers of the new daily count of the COVID-19 thanks to social distancing measures adopted and the ongoing inoculation campaign.