Chile will vaccinate with fourth dose against coronavirus starting next week

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Chile will begin next week the application of the fourth dose of the coronavirus vaccine to the immunocompromised population, at a time when the omicron variant is expanding rapidly throughout the world, President Sebastián Piñera reported on Thursday.

The South American country has already inoculated more than 14 million people -On a population of 19 million- with the complete vaccination scheme, while 11.3 million have already received the third or first booster dose, according to data from the Ministry of Health.

“Starting next Monday, January 10, we are going to start a new mass vaccination process with a fourth dose or a second booster dose,” said Piñera, who participated in the usual balance on the pandemic together with ministry authorities.

“The success that Chile has had in the vaccination process (…) puts us among the best countries in the world in the way we have managed to combat this pandemic,” added Piñera. “And with this fourth dose we seek to maintain this leadership position and protect the health and lives of our compatriots.”

The vaccines for the fourth dose will be combinations with the same drugs that have been used so far in Chile for the previous vaccines, from Pfizer-BioNTech, Sinovac and Oxford-AstraZeneca, said Health Minister Enrique Paris.

This combination of different vaccines between the first and fourth doses would allow “an improvement in the immune response,” the official said.

Chile began the vaccination process against the coronavirus at the end of December 2020.

The first omicron case It was reported at the beginning of December of last year and so far 698 confirmed cases of this variant have been reported, the vast majority corresponding to people who traveled outside the country.

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