The Minister of Health, Hernando Cevallos, announced that starting Friday, October 15, a third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine will begin to be applied to frontline health workers. Days ago, it was indicated that only the Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccines would be used as an immune booster, but not Sinopharm.
During his presentation at the Peruvian Medical College on the occasion of the Peruvian Medicine Day, Minister Cevallos indicated that this vaccine is a priority and will raise the immunity of medical workers.
“Just as we require health workers to receive the two vaccines to do face-to-face work…it is a relief that doctors get a third dose, first of all, a first-line dose”, She said.
Cevallos pointed out that ‘No other medical colleague will be allowed to die’. The third dose was confirmed in Peru in early October, when the minister specified that it would also be placed at a later time for people over 65 and people with co-morbidities.
At that time, the official explained this in the case of Sinopharma “There is not enough evidence that the third application is the most appropriate…but this has given us excellent results in terms of mortality rates“.
Cephalos identified that international trials using the Pfizer (RNA) and AstraZeneca (adenovirus) vaccines have a record of application as boosters in other countries.
“And this gives them a small advantage, until we have evidence with Sinopharm to be used as a third dose in our country”he added.