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The government goal of vaccinating 90% of the population with the first booster dose against COVID-19 was not met

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The goal that the Government had set to end September 2022 with 90% of the population vaccinated with the first booster dose against COVID-19 was not met.

According to the vaccinometer, a tool created by the Ministry of Public Health (MSP) to follow the inoculation process, as of October 2, 2022, 52.79%, that is, 7,261,022 people had received the first booster or third injection.

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With the complete vaccination schedule, that is, the first and second doses, there were 84.39% of the population, around 14 million people, up to that date, while with the first dose, 87.73%, more than 14 million 700,000 citizens.

Although the goal was not reached, President Guillermo Lasso considered this week that “the pandemic has ended in Ecuador” and that this is thanks to a vaccination process that he carried out a year ago.

“It will be a matter of a week or ten days, but the end of the pandemic is going to be declared,” Lasso anticipated and indicated that this means that the use of a mask will not be mandatory, nor will there be limits on the capacity of people in public spaces and private.

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For Fernando Sacoto, president of the Ecuadorian Society of Public Health, what should be done now is to prioritize vaccination in groups of greater vulnerability.

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He added that, on the other hand, once a vaccine with greater protection in terms of variants and efficacy time is available, establish regular vaccination schedules, possibly annually, and do it as a regular program and not only through campaigns that have already been exhausted. its effectiveness as a strategy.

“For this, primary health care must be universalized so that, in such a context, vulnerable people are identified,” he said.

Areas for vaccination against COVID-19 have been set aside in shopping malls. Carlos Granja Medranda / THE UNIVERSE Photo: Carlos Granja Medranda

The Government carried out a campaign with the aim of expanding the coverage of dose placement, especially booster doses, in which there were even days called vaccination mingas.

In the opinion of Enrique Terán, university professor and Ph. D. in Pharmacology, the Government did not work to achieve its objective and described it as another serious communicational failure.

“The goal was talked about and the mechanism outlined, but the importance was never highlighted. There was no coherence (asking for vaccines when entering the country, keeping a card in public places, etc.) nor was there a public demonstration (ministers, president, etc. getting the vaccine),” Terán questioned.

Terán – citing his colleagues from the Institute of Microbiology of the San Francisco de Quito University – indicated that in Europe there is another rebound in cases due to new variants. This is due to a mixture of BA4.6, which already circulates in Ecuador, and BA.2.75, which is not present in the country.

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For the expert, the worst thing is that people continue to get infected, in many cases repeating a second, third or fourth COVID event, without taking into account the subsequent consequences.

When asked about what should be done, Terán suggested going back to the beginning of the campaign, that is, “selling” the importance of vaccination, no longer as a tool for the pandemic, but as an effective public health measure to avoid medium-term consequences. long term.

Also create a culture of prevention and not of “putting out fires”, and use the available resource, in relation to vaccines. (YO)

Source: Eluniverso

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