Peru Reaches Another Vaccination Milestone

Tonight Peru’s Ministry of Health announced that 70% of their target population (people aged 12 and older) are now fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

Earlier this week the Minister of Health, Hernando Cevallos, told Congress’ COVID-19 Commission that he expected that number to reach 80% by the end of 2021. [While I have some doubts about reaching that number in 3 weeks, they will be very close and the success of the vaccination program this year has been nothing short of phenomenal.]

As of Tuesday, Metropolitan Lima (center, north, south, east), Ica, Ancash, Callao, Arequipa, Tumbes, Moquegua, Junin, La Libertad, Piura and Pasco are the regions with more than 67% of their target population vaccinated with two doses. (Cusco sits at just under 62%.)

Cevallos said that the omicron variant is not yet present in Peru and that most infections correspond to the delta variant. “Between 94% and 92% of the cases correspond to the delta variant, followed by the gamma and lambda variants in a much smaller proportion,” according to Cevallos.

In his testimony, Cevallos said that 53% of the nation’s 1809 COVID-19 ICU beds were currently occupied with 62% of Peru’s 1959 non-COVID-19 ICU beds occupied. (Keep in mind that, at the start in the pandemic in March, 2020, Peru had a total of 100 ICU beds across the entire country.)

Thanks to the vaccination program, the expected “third wave” of COViD-19 has yet to materialize in Peru.

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