Coronavirus in Peru: they vaccinate minors in more regions without having permission COVID-19 | Society

Vaccination against COVID-19 in minors without comorbidities continues in some regions, despite not having the authorization of the Ministry of Health (Minsa). The head of Immunizations of the governing body, Gabriela Jiménez, told La República that although the protocol for the 12 to 17-year-old group has already been approved, the corresponding permission has not yet been given to the regions to start this process.

“We have approved the protocol, but it does not mean that the use of vaccines in that group is approved,” he emphasized.

So far there are five regions where the immunization of adolescents has begun: Cusco, Tumbes and Tacna, and Junín and Arequipa joined the list. These last departments decided to start with minors between 15 and 17 years old.

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However, in Cusco and Tumbes it was decided to complete the process by applying the second dose of Pfizer to adolescents; however, they were detained, mainly because they did not have the authorization of the Minsa.

The head of the Regional Health Directorate (Diresa) of Cusco, Javier Ramírez, pointed out in a previous dialogue that the population between 12 and 17 years old amounts to around 156 thousand young people and that of this total, 27% had already received the first dose and 22% had returned for the second.

In Cusco, the inoculation of minors began because of “their mental health,” said Ramírez, who assured that in that region there were cases of depression, stress and even suicide attempts.

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Along these lines, the head of the Diresa de Tumbes, Harold Burgos, commented that of approximately 27,000 minors between the ages of 12 and 17, an average of 7,500 have received both doses. In the region, it was also decided to comply with the orders of the Minsa.

Meanwhile, Tacna continues with the immunization of minors. And in Junín, as well as in Arequipa, the process started this weekend.

More regions vaccinate

The president of the Junín Medical Federation, Carlos Llancari, said that there is a gap in other age groups that has not yet been closed. ” It seems that it is a somewhat forced issue, having the vaccines available and, on the other hand, (there is) the population that should be vaccinated and has not done so. There is a bit of propaganda involved. ” According to the doctor, there would be political interests in the regional authorities.

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In the case of Arequipa, last Thursday, the head of the Regional Health Management (Geresa), Christian Nova, explained to the press that having a protocol approved by the Minsa, the process of vaccinating minors was started .

In Arequipa, there are almost 44,500 adolescents between 15 and 17 years to be immunized. Photo: broadcast

He added that the population between 15 and 17 years old amounts to about 55 thousand, but since several have been vaccinated in other places and many adolescents of 17 who turn 18 until December have also been inoculated; then those that remain to be immunized add up to almost 44,500. For this, minors have enough doses.

“Due to all the epidemiological, normative, scientific criteria that endorse and because the Ministry of Health has already released the protocol from 12 to 17 ′,” was Nova’s explanation of why this process begins today, Sunday. However, Jiménez stated that the decision of the regions was unilateral and that the Ministry of Health was not consulted, therefore this initiation was not approved either. She assured that the people involved will have “administrative responsibility.”

Regarding the case of Arequipa, He explained that there are about 80 thousand laggards in that region.

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About 3,000 doctors have not been vaccinated

The president of the Public Health Committee of the Medical College of Peru, Armando Rodríguez, reported that about three thousand doctors have not yet been vaccinated.

He explained that many traveled, others do not practice the profession and a group does not want to be vaccinated. It is worth remembering that as of November 15, it will be necessary to have two doses of the Covid-19 vaccine to work at the Minsa.

Last night 50% of the target population was reached, which today is 28,024,250 citizens aged 12 and over, with both doses applied. That is, more than 14 million protected. Today the VacunaFest continues in Lima and Callao.

Infographic – The Republic

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