The Vice Minister of Collective Health, Eladio Perezan, announced this Monday that the Ministry of Public Health is in negotiations for the purchase of updated vaccines for COVID-19.
“We have made all arrangements to use it for all ages and risk groups in our country. We are doing the coordination for that In the coming weeks, we will be available in the country, said the epidemiologist when consulted by Free Diary.
PEREZ It does not specify the commercial brand or the number of bivalent vaccines that they are considering importing. The advantage of this new vaccine is that it has protection against the omicron variant.
Regarding the availability of vaccines For now, he simply said: “We have enough vaccines, Even today, people continue to vaccinate. “For people who have not received any vaccine, they still deserve to be vaccinated with the vaccine that we have.”
According to the portal VacúnateRDas of September 21, the country applied 16,394,721 doses of anticovid vaccines: 7,356,592 in the first dose, 6,119,282 in the second, and 2,568,475 in reinforcement.
Infections in the United States
Regarding the progress of the cases in the United States, the vice minister credited them with the new one, subvariant EG.5. However, it still has not reached Dominican soil, and it is not ruled out that it will do so in the coming weeks.
“We hope that at some point this (subvariant) will be available. he admitted.
The comment arose about the fact that the president of the United States, Joe Biden, received the updated vaccine against COVID-19 and the flu vaccine, as announced by the White House on Saturday, the 23rd.
White House physician Kevin O’Connor said in a statement that Biden, 80, received the vaccines on Friday at the same time, and it was explained that a few weeks ago he was also vaccinated against human respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), which affected a large part of the American population last winter, especially children and the elderly.
“As we enter the cold weather and flu season, the president urges all Americans to follow his lead and consult with their doctor or pharmacist to make sure they are fully vaccinated,” O’Connor said.
Vaccines AGAINST influenza They are already in DR
Pérez confirmed that the cargo contained 450 thousand doses of flu vaccines He has been in the country since Saturday, as reported.
“As the vaccines are at the port, they are already in the country. We are already making the necessary coordination to start applying it,” said the official.
He remembered that influenza “is an acute respiratory disease that causes death and is easily contagious. and, therefore, our vulnerable population must have protection against this disease.
“This is one of the vaccines most important, especially for people with risk factors: people over 60 years of age, asthmatics, people with heart disease, immunosuppression, or diabetes,” added the doctor.