Natalia Montoya, Undersecretary for Public Health

Natalia Montoya, Undersecretary for Public Health

Antioquia Public Health Undersecretary Natalia Montoya Palacio delivered encouraging numbers for those vaccinated with the first and second doses against covid-19. To date, 90% of the population is vaccinated with the first dose and 77% who already have the second dose of biological.

“Antioquia has managed to progress in the comprehensive projects, which ones should really interest us”, said Montoya Palacio.

However, As for vaccine boosters, the results have not been as positive: “With the boosters, there have been difficulties because people relax after receiving the first doses.” And this is reflected in the numbers: only 46% of the population is vaccinated with the third dose and 12% with the fourth dose.

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These figures show that there are many people who have not had access to booster vaccinations – the populations that have been vaccinated the least with the booster are those of the elderly and children. The fact that the entire population is not vaccinated influences the peaks of respiratory infections and the increase in covid-19 cases that have been recorded in the territory of Antioquia.

“In the first week of December, there was a report of 75 cases and until the week of December 12, reported 1,300 positive cases of covid-19”. Occupations and deaths in intensive care have also increased, according to Undersecretary Montoya Palacio.

Although this panorama affects the increase in cases, there are other influencing factors such as the rainy season and the December festivities, as people come together to share with friends and family.

The Secretariat’s invitation is that if you are among those who are still missing one of the first doses or one of the reinforcements, be encouraged to put it on to take care of yourself and others during this holiday period as in 2023 .

“We need to complete the covid-19 vaccination program and protect our families at this time when we want to be together. At the moment there are biologics available in the IPS to complete the regimen,” said Blanca Restrepo Velásquez, coordinator of the Expanded Program on Immunization (PAI) in Antioquia.

“To the vaccine of one”

To promote vaccination in the department, the Sectional Secretariat of Health and Social Protection of Antioquia has implemented different strategies aimed at strengthening, motivating and encouraging in the 125 municipalities of the department effective vaccination and you can do it in any municipal hospital center. In this way, it aims to increase vaccination rates (mainly reinforcements) and to achieve the objectives set by the Ministry of Health and Social Protection.

The Ministry of Health promotes the initiative “To the vaccine of a which, together with a shock plan and communication strategies, is proposed to strengthen vaccination and achieve coverage in the regular vaccination scheme and the covid-19 scheme.

In this regard, Blanca Restrepo Velásquez, coordinator of the Expanded Program on Immunization (PAI) – Antioquia reminds us of the schedules and vaccines of the regular calendar:

-For children between 3 and 5 years old, Sinovac is applied.

-For ages 6 to 11, Sinovac and Moderna apply.

-For young people between 12 and 17 years old, there is Pfizer, Moderna and Sinovac.

-For people over the age of 18, any of the available organic products can be applied.

These vaccines are available at IPS and in all municipal hospital centers, according to what they say from the Ministry of Health. Sometimes these organic products even expire because there is no one to use them.

“There is a need for more awareness about vaccination. There were better results when they demanded the full vaccination card in restaurants, many people went to get vaccinated and now that they don’t need it anywhere, they feel it’s not necessary, but it is,” explains the undersecretary.

Not only is vaccination against covid-19 important

Although vaccination against covid-19 is currently urgent due to the post-pandemic context, the coordinator of the EPI, Blanca Restrepo Velásquez, explains that in the department there are other diseases that certain populations must take care of and which are also available at health centers. health.

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For example, he says, all newborns should be vaccinated against hepatitis B and tuberculosis, 2, 4, 6, 7, 12, 18 month and 5 year old infants need Pentavalent, Triple Viral, Antipolio, Rotavirus, Pneumococcus and DTP (for diphtheria, pertussis and tetanus). Girls between the ages of 9 and 17 can prevent cervical cancer by getting vaccinated against the human papillomavirus (HPV).

In addition, children aged 1 to 11 must receive the yellow fever vaccine, those born between 2010 and 2019 require an additional dose of measles and rubella and from the age of 10, girls must be vaccinated against diphtheria and tetanus (DT).

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