We are making an enormous effort from the country and from the citizenry to advance with care and vaccination, said Vizzotti Photo Alejandro Moritz
“We are making a huge effort from the country, from the citizenry to advance with care and with vaccination,” said Vizzotti. Photo: Alejandro Moritz.

The Minister of Health, Carla Vizzotti, said this Friday that last week “a record of 2,600,000 people” were vaccinated against the coronavirus during her tour of immunization centers, testing centers and hospitals in the city of Mar del Plata.

“Last week we had a vaccination record with 2,600,000 doses applied. We are working to accelerate all vaccines; luckily we are with a very large demand, starting and completing schedules and accelerating reinforcements,” said Vizzotti in dialogue with Télam and others media.

Vizzotti, who has been touring the Atlantic Coast together with the Minister of Tourism and Sports, Matías Lammens, also expressed that “in the last 8 weeks almost 900 thousand people over 18 years of age began their vaccination scheme.”

The minister recalled that “those who have the highest risk of complications (due to Covid-19) are those over 50 years of age,” but warned that work is also being done to advance the immunization of those under 18 years of age.

Regarding adolescents, he maintained that “85% have one dose and 75% two doses” and in the case of those under 12 years of age “77% have one dose and 45% have two doses.”

“We are making a huge effort from the country, from the citizens to advance with care and vaccination; we have more than 85% of the population vaccinated with the first dose and almost 75% with the second, with a very important advance” , he insisted.

The minister recalled that “those at greatest risk of complications (due to Covid-19) are those over 50 years of age,” but warned that work is also being done to advance the immunization of those under 18 years of age.

“Thanks to the vaccine we have our health system of hospitals, intensive therapies with fewer patients”Carla Vizzotti

The head of the health portfolio referred to the importance of maintaining care and in that sense clarified that “in the face of the emergency of the new Omicron variant we have to revisit the recommendations so that we can reformulate care again.”

“Since August we have changed the alert indicator to go from the number of cases to the number of hospitalizations and deaths, always watching how the vaccination progresses,” he said.

And he stressed that thanks to vaccination “the large increase in the number of cases that exists, not only in Argentina but in the rest of the world, is not accompanied by the same proportion of hospitalizations and deaths.”

“Since August we changed the indicator of the alerts to go from the number of cases to the number of hospitalizations and deaths, always seeing how the vaccination progresses”Carla Vizzotti

“We always said it too, if the cases increase even slightly, the absolute numbers of hospitalizations and deaths will increase, which is what was seen yesterday: an increase in the number of deaths,” he said in reference to the 139 deaths notified.

At that point, he estimated that “if we calculate that at the peak of the previous wave we had 40,000 cases with 700 deaths, with 130,000 cases having less than 200 deaths is totally different.”

“Thanks to the vaccine we have our hospital health system, intensive care with fewer patients,” he said, adding that “there is a lot of tension in the testing system, at the first level” of care.

Lastly, he estimated that we must continue with the care “so that we have the fewest possible cases, hospitalizations, deaths and we can continue to sustain the achievements such as the economic reactivation of the country and that the Argentines and Argentines can continue to enjoy this summer with care.”

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