Colombian Covid Vaccination Plan for 2021
Colombia has a goal of vaccinating at least 36 million people against covid-19 will be one of the priorities of the National Government in 2021. A task that, due to its logistics and urgency, is not easy.
Also, it is important to understand that polls show that 70% of Colombians are interested in taking the vacination. However, Colombia will not obligate persons to take the vacination. There many rumors on the internet regarding this. The human dignity principal allows a person to decide if they wish to undergo a medical procedure or deny a medical procedure.
The Ministry of Health has launched – the application ‘Mi Vacuna‘, which you can get to by clicking here: Mi Vacuna. Once your priority group has arrived you can use the application to schedule or obtain your vaccine. The application for cell phones is not yet available, but is planned to roll out for Android and Iphone. General information on the COVID-19 virus can be found here for Colombia: https://covid19.minsalud.gov.co/
Currently, there are 2,920 points contemplated for the application of vaccines and 7,900 vaccinators in Colombia, according to MinSalud.
This will function as a consolidated database with the information provided by the EPS and IPS with the information on the diagnoses and the age (one of the criteria for the phases) of the patients.
By drops. This is how the information on the National Vaccination Plan against covid-19 designed by the Ministry of Health has become known. The most recent release is the number of vaccines each department will receive in each of the five stages of the plan.
According to what the Government has expressed, so far Colombia has purchased 49 million doses of vaccines, from different pharmaceutical companies, against covid-19. As several of these require two doses per person, the actual number of vaccinated, so far, would be 29 million people. A number that is expected to arrive in April 2022.
For the first stage, for health workers and adults 80 years of age and older, 1,274,645 people will be vaccinated. The second stage (population between 60 and 79 years old and health workers in the second and third line) will be 5,674,161.
In the third (population between 16 and 59 years old with comorbidities and elementary and high school teachers) they will allocate 2,281,073. In the fourth stage (institutional caregivers, people in risk occupations, population deprived of liberty and Public Force) 3,611,000. And in the last stage (the missing population), 14,866,628.
Dates for arrivals of Vaccines: It should also be remembered that in mid-January, the Government released the projection of the number of vaccines that would arrive in the country per months: 850,000 in February, 3,862,000 in March, 1,800,000 in April, 7,968. 900 in May, 3,360,000 in June, 8,431,567 in July, 6,382,667 in August, 3,779,567 in September, 7,212,900 in October, 3,212,900 in November and 2,097,011 in December.
On how to know the date of vaccination, in recent days, the Ministry of Health reported that it will be possible to know through the My Vaccine application (Mi Vaccuna) – available in February 2021 – and that the EPS health providers will also have to inform people. Also, you will not be able to choose which vaccine to apply.
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Through this, people will be able to consult directly what day they have to apply the vaccine and, taking into account that several of those acquired require two doses, when will the second be.
In addition, the website and cell phone application will allow patients with diagnoses of diseases such as diabetes, hypertension, cancer, asthma, among other illnesses, to register if they are not in the lists.
Currently the application will not let you do much if your not in the current phase / age group. For example, a 55 year old can update information but you can not set an appointment or do much because in early february they are starting with much older persons.
As of the date of this publication, Colombia has 49 million doses of different vaccines, for a total of 29 million people who can be vaccinated throughout 2021. 10 million are from AstraZeneca, another 10 million from Pfizer, 20 million They will be guaranteed by the Covax agreement – to which the country signed in October 2020 – and 9 million from the pharmaceutical company Janssen, a Johnson & Johnson subsidiary.
Vaccinations Roll out in Medellín
The Mayor’s Office of Medellín has said that it plans to start supplying the first 86,526 doses of the coronavirus vaccine in February, to the prioritized population, such as health workers (13,551 people) and adults over 80 years of age (72,975) .
“We are working in an articulated manner to achieve a successful process of scheduling and applying the vaccine. We will have 94 vaccination points in the city. It should be remembered that thanks to Medellín Me Cuida and the National Government databases, the location of the prioritized population is known, ”said the Secretary of Government, Esteban Restrepo.
The second stage will be for the population aged 60 and 79 and for health workers in the second and third line (384,370). Then they will be followed by citizens aged 16 to 59 with comorbidities and teachers of basic and secondary education. The fourth will be for institutional caregivers and the population in occupations and risk situations. Vaccination will end with people between the ages of 16 and 59 without comorbidities.
To maintain the refrigeration chain for vaccines, Medellín acquired seven freezers, which will also serve the rest of the department.
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