The president of Colombia, Iván Duque, and the Minister of Health, Fernando Ruiz, announced that as of this Saturday, November 6, the application of the booster dose of the vaccine against covid-19 for the elderly population will be opened. of 60 years in the national territory.
As explained by the Deputy Minister of Public Health, Alexander Moscoso, the third dose, which is applied with the intention of reinforcing the immunization of the most vulnerable groups against covid-19, will be carried out with the AstraZeneca vaccine through the National Vaccination Plan .
“What we are seeing in the evidence is that the protection that vaccines provide is quite good, but in older people is where we see that the protection is not so high, “said the director of Medicines and Health Technology, Leonardo Arregocés.
Consequently, he stressed that with the application of the booster dose, the protection offered by biologics is increased, especially in the most vulnerable populations, including the elderly, who have an “aging immune system”.
In this sense, he indicated that the vaccines are showing that the booster doses are capable of offering an additional stimulus to the organism, with the purpose of preventing severe complications and the death of patients.
“Now there is recent evidence showing that the AstraZeneca vaccine can also be used as a heterologous vaccination and In general, what the scientific literature is showing us is that these additional doses when we combine biologics seem to have a response that is much better than when we use homologous vaccination.”, Said the official.
In turn, he explained that in the country the majority of adults over 60 years of age received vaccines from Sinovac and Pfizer, which is why the booster dose with the AstraZeneca vaccine can be applied, which “increases the response immune ”that is effective for protection against the virus.
On the other hand, the Deputy Minister Moscoso warned about the increase in the occupation of the Intensive Care Units (ICU) due to complications derived from the covid-19 in some cities of the country, among which are San Andrés, Santa Marta, Barranquilla, Cúcuta and Medellín.
“The December period is long, it has many parties and meetings. So, if with minor interactions in areas where more tourism was generated we had an increase between 10% and 15%, the risk that we may have for the holiday season is to have an increase in cases”Warned the vice minister.
For this reason, Moscoso called on entities to increase vaccination in the territories, warning that in these same regions there has been an increase in deaths from complications derived from the virus, and warned that there is a probability of registering a fourth peak in December, if measures are not taken to mitigate infections.