CDC Approved Booster Dose Keys 1:28
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If you live in Colombia and are over 18 years old, you can access a booster dose of the vaccine against covid-19, as the Ministry of Health approved this measure for those who already have their complete vaccination scheme .
The administration of the third dose, in the case of people who were vaccinated with Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca and Sinovac, and of the second dose - in the case of those who received the Janssen vaccine - will be divided in the same way as is started vaccination in early 2021.
So you can access the booster dose in Colombia
There will be staging for the opening date of the booster dose, like this:
Stage 1 and 2: booster dose available from November 24
Health workers, human talent in health and vaccination services, as well as technicians and epidemiologists from territorial entities.
Also traditional doctors and ancestral experts;
health logistics transport managers.
Stage 3: booster dose available from December 21
Teachers, members of the military forces and the Police, indigenous guard, people from 16 to 59 years old with comorbidities, personnel in charge of caring for the elderly, among others.
Stage 4: booster doses starting January 18, 2021
People deprived of liberty, people between 40 and 49 years old, firefighters, rescuers, pilots and assistants, among others.
Stage 5: available from February 16, 2022
Over 18 years.
Check here which stage you belong to.
"The application of a third dose has been shown to increase the immune response and the effectiveness of vaccines against covid-19 in adults, including protection against serious forms, but also against contagion and transmission," said the Ministry of Health. .
After how long should you access the booster dose?
It depends on your age.
If you are over 50, you should take the booster dose four months after taking your initial full schedule of the covid-19 vaccine, said Health Minister Fernando Ruiz.
If you're between the ages of 18 and 49, you should wait six months to take such a booster dose, Ruiz added.
"It will be progressively as the different stages of the National Vaccination Plan have been fulfilled," said the Minister of Health on November 22 when announcing the measure.
"The incorporation of all adults aged 18 and over to the assignment of boosters contributes to herd immunity, considering the appearance of more contagious variants, and some of them, with the potential to evade the immune response", says the Ministry of Health in their website.
What vaccine should I get?
Although the Vaccine Advisory Committee recommended using booster doses from "heterologous platforms" —that is, when the vaccine scheme uses the inactivated virus, or viral vector or mRNA — the decree that regulates the third dose also recommends third doses with a heterologous biologic with an mRNA or viral vector platform (AstraZeneca).
So, if your first doses were:
Pfizer or Moderna: It
Pfizer or Moderna: It
is recommended that you get the third dose with Pfizer, Moderna, or AstraZeneca vaccine.
is recommended that you get the third dose with the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine.
Or also AstraZeneca itself, as it has a viral vector platform.
is recommended that you access vaccines from AstraZeneca, Pfizer, Moderna or Janssen itself, which is viral vector.
is recommended that you access Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca and Sinovac own vaccines, which is inactivated virus.
What if I got vaccinated abroad?
The Ministry of Health reported that all people can access the booster dose of the covid-19 vaccine, even if they were vaccinated abroad, although to access it they must have their complete vaccination schedule.
They must also join the stages according to their classification by stages.
How is covid-19 going in Colombia?
As of November 29, Colombia has reported 5,067,348 cases of covid-19;
128,473 deaths from the virus and just over 13,000 active cases.
So far, 56 million doses have been applied in the country, and 1.4 million of them have been reinforcement.
The Colombian government established that since November 16, those attending mass events such as concerts, fairs, and public places such as restaurants, bars, cinemas, discos, dance venues, casinos, bingo halls, or stadiums, amusement parks or museums, They must present their vaccination card.
And as of this November 30, those over 12 years of age must also present their vaccination card.
The Government reported that people vaccinated abroad can present their vaccination certificate from the country in which they received their doses.
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