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Government modified schedule for applying the booster dose

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The government of Nicolás Maduro modified the schedule for placing the booster dose of vaccines against covid-19 due to the exponential growth of infections in recent weeks.

El Impulso reported that in a circular from the Immunization Directorate, signed by Dr. Odalis Fermín, it is stated that since January 17, booster vaccinations are applied to all people who request them at any vaccination center.

The circular clarifies that the only condition is having received the last dose of the basic scheme six months or more ago. In addition, the person must present their vaccination card, “regardless of age, occupation or associated factors.”

At the beginning of the month, the government had established a progressive scheme by weeks and population groups.

First week of January, the dose against covid-19 was received by front-line health personnel, who directly care for patients with covid-19 and “the rest of the health personnel that includes Civil Protection, Firefighters and Paramedics”.

For the second week of January, it contemplated adults over 60 years of age, while for the third week it corresponded to people from 19 to 59 years of age with two or more of the following pathologies: arterial hypertension, diabetes mellitus, chronic renal failure, carrier of HIV or any other chronic disease that compromises their immunity or cancer.

For the fourth week of January, it was established that state security officials would be progressively included: GNB, police, workers who serve the public, and food and transportation workers.

Coronavirus in Venezuela

In the last 24 hours, 2,086 new cases of covid-19 were detected, 2,060 due to community transmission and 26 imported, Delcy Rodríguez reported this Thursday.

“The Presidential Commission for the Prevention, Care and Control of covid-19 informs Venezuelans that in the last 24 hours 2,086 new infections have been detected, 2,060 of community transmission and 26 imported,” he wrote on Twitter.

The region of the country with the most cases during this day was Caracas with 781, followed by Miranda with 291, Sucre with 152, Aragua with 109, Zulia with 108, Portuguesa with 87, Lara with 84, Yaracuy with 58, La Guaira with 55, Anzoátegui with 43, Bolívar with 42, Carabobo with 38, Monagas with 32, Guárico with 30, Táchira with 29, Cojedes with 23, Falcón with 22 and Nueva Esparta with 20.

The states with the fewest cases were Barinas with 17, Mérida with 12, Amazonas with 11, Apure with 8, Trujillo with 7 and Delta Amacuro with 1.

Regarding the imported cases, there are 6 people from Mexico, 5 from Chile, 3 from Panama, 3 from the United States, 3 from Lebanon and 2 from Turkey.

In this way, Venezuela has reached 463,145 cases since the start of the pandemic, although 442,217 patients have recovered, leaving only 15,533 active cases.

Omicron variant

Nicolás Maduro assured on Wednesday that the increase in daily cases registered in the country responds to the omicron variant, for which he called on citizens to take care of themselves “more” and get vaccinated.

«I want to keep the country as it is, open, working, with face-to-face classes, I want the country to stay like this in all the weeks and months to come. We have the 7+7 (temporary confinement plan) at hand, if this situation of the omicron contagion is necessary and uncontrollable,” he said.

The 7+7 plan, which involved a week of quarantine in the country and another week of flexibility, was applied in the country until last November 1, when Maduro decreed a relaxation of the measures that remain in place to date.

He added that he does not see it necessary at the moment to resume this measure in Venezuela, for which he appealed to “discipline and conscience” so that “each and every” Venezuelan “take care of himself.”

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