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Uruguay boosts Covid-19 vaccination in uncovered localities

Uruguay, Covid-19, vacunación

Uruguay boosts Covid-19 vaccination in uncovered localities

Montevideo, Feb 7 (Prensa Latina) Uruguay's Ministry of Public Health (MSP, in Spanish) on Monday started another stage of Covid-19 vaccination in interior uncovered localities to curb the exponential spread of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus.
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Daily data from the National Emergency System indicate that there is an average of 10,000 confirmed cases, but virologist Santiago Mirazo estimates a twofold figure due to the lack of tests.

On Sunday, only 15,000 real-time PCR tests were run, 6,102 of which were positive to Covid-19. More than 66,000 patients are active cases, and 164 are being treated in intensive care units.

Health authorities resumed the program called ‘Pueblo’ (People) to reach 150 localities from 11 departments in order to immunize people over 18 years of age who have not received a shot or completed the three-dose cycle.

The Ministry of Public Health is also planning to cross-check data to know the actual immunity level of the population, including that naturally acquired.

According to MSP sources, after the end of the wave caused by the Omicron variant, a study will cross-check the data of those who completed the vaccination cycle and those who did not, but suffered from this disease in the last month and were eventually immunized because of it.

So far, 76 percent of the population has been administered the first two shots, and 52 percent has received the booster third dose.


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