Dominican Republic is closer to achieving herd immunity, says Public Health advisor
The adviser on COVID-19 of the Ministry of Health, Eddy Pérez Then (EDDY VITTINI / DIARIO LIBRE)
He explained that the authorities carry out a massive vaccination campaign to reach 70% of the inoculated population in 60 days.
With the administration of seven million vaccines nationwide, the Dominican Republic exceeds 50% of people inoculated with at least one dose, which brings the country close to the 70% needed to reach herd immunity, indicated the COVID-19 advisor of the Ministry of Health, Eddy Perez Then.
As of June 20, 7,012,445 million COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in the country; these, 4,541,739 correspond to the first dose and 2,470706 to the second dose.
“We are talking about more than 50% of the population has already received one or two doses, which is extremely important. We are possibly among the most advanced countries,” he said.
The COVID advisor explained that the authorities carry out a massive vaccination campaign to reach 70% of the inoculated population in 60 days.
“We are doing a more proactive vaccination campaign, precisely to try to reach what it leaves us traced in 60 days, to have 70% of the population already covered,” he said.
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Perez Then pointed out that the vaccination, together with the launching of the pilot plan for case tracking and other strategies that Public Health is carrying out in the country, could relax the measures against the coronavirus.
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