«We are going to work so that before the end of the first half of next year we can vaccinate the bulk of the target population,» President Sebastián Piñera said on Sunday, noting that they hope to start the vaccination process in Chile next week.
Piñera explained that the bulk of the target population represents approximately 5 million people. While the total target population «is 15 million people,» he said.
The plan, according to the Representative’s advance, is to vaccinate the chronically ill, older adults, health workers, and people who are most exposed, during the first trimester of next year.
When does vaccination start? The Minister of Health, Enrique Paris, told La Tercera today that «God willing and the vaccine arrives on Monday (tomorrow) we will vaccinate on December 22 and 23. But if the 22nd arrives, we leave the next day. We’re going to start next week, but we don’t have the security of the day they’re coming.»
The Government will also decide on Monday whether to maintain the same mobility restrictions throughout the Metropolitan Region. Paris indicated that the regions with the greatest increase in new cases in the last seven days are Coquimbo, Tarapacá, Antofagasta and Maule, while Magallanes remains the highest rate per 100,000 inhabitants.
There are currently 663 hospitalized, of which 62 are critical, and 13,105 patients are active in the disease, one of the highest figures in recent months.
Chile authorized the Pfizer vaccine this week, the first 20,000 doses of which will arrive in December and will be used to inoculate health workers. Mass vaccination is expected to take place during the first quarter of 2021.
With 6 million exams since March, Chile is the country with the most tests for one million inhabitants in the region and one of the first in the world.