Chile exceeds 3 million people vaccinated against COVID-19

The Minister of Health, Enrique Paris, reported today that Chile exceeded 3 million vaccinated against COVID-19, within the framework of the inoculation campaign that began last December 24 with critical hospital personnel and was extended in February to rest of the population.

« This should fill us with pride, » Paris said in a statement, in which he reported that 3,037,063 people have been immunized with at least the first dose of the antidote in the South American country.

Of this number, 87,264 people received the Vaccine during this Tuesday in the various vaccination centers arranged nationwide.

The minister thanked the work carried out by the primary health care workers and the mayors, at the same time that he valued the capacity of the State « to carry out this feat », when there are 805,317 cases of pneumonia and 20,151 deaths from causes associated with the virus, confirmed via PCR test.

Paris explained that « more than 50 percent of those vaccinated are over 65 years old » and clarified that « patients with comorbidity are also being vaccinated, that is, a person 65 years or older who has diabetes or hypertension can be inoculated, we are immunizing people with chronic diseases. « 

In this framework, he explained that 1,805,930 adults over 65 have participated in the mass immunization campaign, which is in line with the goal set by the Government, to « primarily vaccinate older adults who have given their lives working for Chili ».

Regarding gender, he declared that 58.3 percent of those vaccinated correspond to women and 41.7 percent are men.

In line with the immunization schedule established by the Executive, on Wednesday, February 24, workers in school and preschool education between 45 and 49 years old will be vaccinated, and then on Thursday they will continue with officials between 40 and 44 years old.

The official program contemplates the vaccination of 5 million people belonging to risk groups during the first three months of this year, to then continue with another 15 million inhabitants by the end of the first semester, for which the country continues to receive doses of vaccines from various laboratories.

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