According to data from the Ministry of Health, in Paraguay, only 46% of the population received the full vaccination schedule against Covid-19, which indicates that more than half of Paraguayans are still exposed to severe cases of the disease. illness. This situation also poses a high risk, considering the season of low temperatures that favor the spread of respiratory diseases.
The health portfolio indicated that during the cold months, the most frequent diseases are those that affect the respiratory system, especially due to certain conditions such as staying in closed places, physical proximity and lack of ventilation of environments. All these conditions facilitate the transmission of various respiratory viruses, such as SARS-CoV-2.
Although confirmed cases of Covid-19 have decreased in recent months, the aforementioned conditions are a risk factor and, above all, for those people who have not yet been vaccinated against the disease and may be exposed to contracting it serious.
Dr. Hernán Rodríguez, Coordinator of the Vaccine Committee of the Pan American Association of Infectious Diseases, warned that, even though the numbers have decreased, it is necessary for the population to be immunized with the vaccines because the virus is still present and can have an impact fatal in the vulnerable or unvaccinated population.
“Today we have many cases where people reject Covid-19 and have even lost their perception of risk. However, it is important for people to understand that vaccines are now the best prevention strategy to prevent severe cases of this disease,” he maintained.
The doctor urged that all people go to the vaccination clinics to receive the doses of the vaccine and complete the recommended schedule. In addition, it encourages extreme personal health care to avoid contagion.
“Currently the Ministry of Health has the doses in its vaccinations and it is very important to understand that applying the vaccine represents a highly effective preventive measure to be able to live with and alleviate the Covid-19 virus,” he added.
Rodríguez also clarified that the vaccines against Covid-19 that are based on messenger RNA (mRNA) represent an important innovation for world health and basically teach our cells to manufacture a protein that triggers an immune response within the body.
It is worth mentioning that the mRNA vaccines were developed safely under the health standards of the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
According to Public Health data, less than half of the population, 55% have the first dose, 47% have the second dose and almost 20% received the third dose.
The current health scenario is still challenging to control Covid-19, taking into account that a new wave of infections is not ruled out. In this sense, the health sector appeals to people’s commitment to obtain information from reliable sources and approach vaccination centers to be immunized against the virus.