Peru’s Health Min: Lockdown won’t prevent vaccination against COVID-19

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Peruvian Health Minister Pilar Mazzetti affirmed that if Sinopharm vaccines arrive during the lockdown —in force from January 31 to February 14— this will not prevent the sector from distributing them to vaccination sites or from administering them at health facilities. In this sense, the high-ranking official explained that —as soon as the vaccines arrive from China— the ministry will verify if they are in good condition.

If confirmed, the distribution system will be activated immediately, which on the occasion will place half a million vaccines at health facilities. “Whether we are in lockdown or not, that will not prevent the arrival of vaccines or their distribution to vaccination sites or the vaccination within health facilities,” she stressed at a press conference. Likewise, the Cabinet member recalled that only last year —during the national vaccination campaign— Minsa distributed six million vaccines for three immunization days.
The vaccines to arrive soon from China will be administered to health personnel, in accordance with the standards.
“During the lockdown, we can vaccinate citizens, and the vaccination of health personnel will be carried out at health establishments,” Dr. Mazzetti said.
“If we had to vaccinate the population during a full lockdown, there would be no problems; on the contrary, it would be better because there is a vaccination technique called sweeping which is what allows people to be vaccinated in their homes,” she added.

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