The regional director of Health of Tacna, Oscar Galdós Rodríguez, offered a balance on the fight against COVID-19 pandemic and noted that this part of the country is very close to achieving herd immunity.
Tacna no longer registers deaths from this disease for three weeks and 85% of the population already has the first dose; meanwhile, 71.2% are already immunized with the two doses.
With regard to those under 17 years of age, the official said that it has reached 55%, but in the latter group only the first dose was applied.
“It is a great advance in the task of protecting the population, citizens have acted responsibly and are prepared to face a probable third wave,” he said.
Galdós explained that, according to international standards, to achieve herd immunity, the population must be vaccinated (with the two doses) by 80% and in Tacna they are 71%, and that work is being done to achieve the long-awaited goal.
“We are close and we are working on it,” said Galdós after indicating that the main concern is to vaccinate some 12,000 people who still lack the second dose.