Bivalent vaccine: people over 18 can now receive the new dose of protection against COVID -19

To continue the process of vaccination against COVID-19, the Ministry of Health (Minsa) announced the start of the application of the bivalent dose for people aged 18 to 59as long as they have received the previous four doses of protection.

“All people over the age of 18 are welcome to receive the bivalent vaccine, provided they have the fourth dose. We are pleased that over 500,000 people, including healthcare workers and adults over 60 years, already benefit from this dose of protection”, declared the Deputy Minister of Public Health, Maria Elena Aguilar del Aguila.

The condition for being able to receive this new dose of the vaccine against COVID-19 is to have the protection scheme of four monovalent doses and spent at least two months from the application of the last.

People over the age of 18 can now receive the bivalent vaccine.
People over the age of 18 can now receive the bivalent vaccine.

Since the first case of COVID-19 was detected in Peru in March 2020, there have been five waves of infections. The first two solas recorded in the same year were devastating, plunging the healthcare sector into crisis and reporting thousands of hospitalizations and deaths.

From the start of vaccination in 2021, subsequent waves of infections did not experience the peaks recorded in 2020, thanks to the protection offered by vaccines. Currently, the Omicron variant and its subvariants are the most dominant in the world and the bivalent vaccine provides protection against the parent virus and the omicron BA.4 and BA.5 variants.

Bivalent dose.  (REUTERS/Eric Gaillard)
Bivalent dose. (REUTERS/Eric Gaillard)

The vaccination process with the bivalent dose It started with health personnel and was later extended to people over 60 and people with a risk factor, who must have applied at least three bivalent doses before.

The ace pregnant women can receive the bivalent booster dose after completing 12 weeks of pregnancy, and at least two months have passed since the fourth dose. During this time, the cancer patients They will be able to go to the vaccination centers three months after receiving the fourth dose, provided they have completed their cancer treatment and on the prior recommendation of their doctor.

Meanwhile, according to the vaccination plan against COVID-19 organized by the Minsa, minors between 5 and 11 years old they can receive the third dose after three months of application of the second. The population of 12 to 17 years old The third dose can also be applied three months after the administration of the second. For people over the age of 18 and 59 years old they can receive the fourth dose five months after receiving the third.

It should be noted that minors between 6 months and 5 years receive two doses of the pediatric COVID-19 vaccine with an interval of 28 days between each application.

According to the data provided on the platform Single National Health Information Repository (Reunis) of the Minsa, here is how the vaccination process takes place at the general level:

First dose: 94%

Second dose: 90.31%

Third dose: 74.25%

Fourth dose: 26.40%

Bivalent dosage: 7.71%

Minsa recommends completing the vaccination schedule against COVID-19.
Minsa recommends completing the vaccination schedule against COVID-19.

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