Commenting on the increase in Omicron cases across the country, the Director General of the Department of Integrated Health Networks of the Center of Lima (DIRIS Lima Centro), Jesus Bonilla, reminded citizens that the booster dose (or the third dose) helps prevent the spread of COVID-19 and severe symptoms of the disease.
“Dear citizens, keep in mind that the third dose (of the COVID-19 vaccine) is essential to contain the third wave of the pandemic. We will be better protected if we complete our series of vaccines,” he said .
His remarks were made during an event held at a vaccination center in the district of Jesus Maria in Lima on Sunday, December 26, which saw an increase in attendance of those vaccinated.
According to Bonilla, although 80% of the target population in the DIRIS Lima Centro area received both doses, the next goal is to continue to expand coverage of the booster dose, which is given three months after the second injection.
“Over 80% of the target population in Lima Centro has been vaccinated with two doses. It fills us with enthusiasm, but there is still a long way to go. Keep in mind that the rollout of the third dose is currently underway and we are going through a fundamental process, ”he said.
The event also saw the presence of the Minister of Culture Gisela Ortiz, who received the booster dose of the vaccine and underlined the need for the population to obtain full protection against the virus.
“In addition to receiving the booster dose, we all have to take care of each other. We have a collective responsibility as citizens to respect preventive measures such as wearing a mask, respecting social distancing and washing. hands, ”she remarked.
The chief of staff said the booster vaccine (third dose) is extremely important for people to be able to protect themselves from the Omicron variant.
(FIN) NPD / LIT / RMB