Panama receives the first batch of the bivalent vaccine against covid-19

This content was published on January 11, 2023 – 14:24

Panama City, Jan 11 (EFE).- Panama received 75,600 doses of Pfizer’s bivalent vaccine against covid-19, and starting this week it will begin to be applied to the population aged 12 or over who already have at least 2 doses of monovalent immunization.

Panama is “one of the first countries in the region to receive this product from the pharmaceutical company Pfizer”, which “protects against the variants of the covid-19 virus, B.5, XBB, BQ1 and BQ.1.1 that circulate currently,” the Ministry of Health (Minsa) said on Wednesday.

The first to receive the new immunization will be all officials in the health sector – including health science students – the elderly, patients with chronic diseases, the disabled,” according to official information.

Police personnel, Sinaproc relief agency and firefighters “will be vaccinated with the second batch” that the country will receive “next week,” the statement added.

“It is important to note that for a person to be inoculated (with the bivalent preparation) they must have two doses of the monovalent vaccine against the virus, wait two months and then a single dose of this new vaccine must be administered,” said the Minsa.

Since January 2021, when vaccination against covid-19 began, 8,703,178 doses of the monovalent vaccine, almost all from Pfizer, have been administered in Panama to the population 6 months of age and older, according to information official.

Panama accumulates 1,027,247 confirmed cases of covid-19 and 8,584 deaths from the disease since March 2020. EFE

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