After the immunization process against COVID-19 began in Peru, the main question that all Peruvians have is ‘when do I get vaccinated?’ In addition to the three priority groups established by the Ministry of Health (Minsa), there are other variables that will determine when it will be your turn to receive the doses against SARS-CoV-2. Because of this, Arturo Barrantes, developer of Omni calculator, and Álvaro Diez created the Vaccination Shift Calculator for Peru.
This tool collects all the indicators available to calculate the estimated date a citizen would receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Discover in this note what is the probable interval in which you would be called to obtain the dose against the new coronavirus.
How to use the Vaccination Schedule Calculator?
To use the calculator, go to the Vaccination Schedule Calculator for Peru portal in Omni calculator or click on this link. Then follow the next steps:
Enter your age in years
Indicate if you are front-line health personnel against COVID-19
If you work or are part of emergency or security forces, select Yes
Indicate if you work as a cleaning worker
You must also confirm if you were selected as a member of the polling station for the 2021 General Elections.
If you have any comorbidity, select yes
You must inform if you belong to a native or indigenous community
Indicate if you work or reside in a center of the National Penitentiary Institute (INPE)
Finally, you must inform if you are pregnant or have plans to be so soon
The calculator will automatically show how many people are in line and the approximate date you would be contacted to get vaccinated.
According to Arturo Barrantes, developer of Omni calculator and creator of the Vaccination Shift Calculator for Peru, the result displayed on the screen “considers the daily vaccination rate that is being reported, the number of people who have already been vaccinated and the number of people who would still be vaccinated ”.
Likewise, Barrantes maintains that « there is also a variable called the vaccine acceptance rate, which is 59%. » This percentage indicates how accepted the vaccine is by Peruvians. This value was added according to the latest Ipsos report.
“If the vaccine doesn’t give people confidence, then the acceptance rate is going to go down. If you are confident that percentage will go up. If there are more people wanting to get vaccinated, then your turn would come later. If there are fewer people who want to be vaccinated, it should be your turn first. In any case, it is important to mention that what is sought is to achieve group immunity, herd immunity, as they say. Which is achieved from 70% to more. That is why it is very important to emphasize the information that reaches the population regarding vaccines ”, he assured.
The developer stated that the acceptance rate is a data present in all the vaccination calculators of the countries.
“One type of vaccine arrives in one country, another type of vaccine arrives in ours. For example, in Argentina until yesterday they only had the Russian vaccine. The same in Ecuador, they only have Pfizer and in Chile they have a Chinese vaccine and Pfizer. In each one there is a different perception of vaccines. It is an independent variable for each country. We as the Omni calculator team, who developed these calculators, keep a close eye on these indicators, ”said Barrantes.
According to figures published in 2020 by the National Institute of Statistics and Informatics (INEI), Peru has about 33 million inhabitants; However, the target population of the vaccination process against COVID-19 amounts to 24.5 million Peruvians.
“That amount is because the vaccine has been approved for emergency use. There is no evidence to justify that there is no consequence of any kind for people under 18 years of age. That is why this group of people is not being considered. On the other hand, women who are pregnant, who wish to be pregnant or who are breastfeeding should not be vaccinated. It is not recommended, but in Peru it is allowed at the risk of the person. There are also people who should not be vaccinated such as those who suffer from immunosuppression or allergies because it has already been seen in other countries that this group presents adverse reactions ”, added Barrantes.
Coronavirus in Peru: infection figures
To date, Peru registers 1,252,137 cases of infections and 44,308 deaths from coronavirus, according to the Situation Room of the Ministry of Health. Meanwhile, 122,023 Peruvians received the first dose of Sinopharm.