Colombia, 10 points from reaching 70% vaccine coverage

Colombia, 10 points from reaching 70% vaccine coverage

The National Vaccination Plan must ensure that in December more than 10 million people receive their second doses and complete their schedule of immunization, a goal that requires that the same be achieved in the month vaccination there were in November when 10,079,425 doses were applied with an average of 337,198 per day.

According to the accounts of the Ministry of Health, it is also time to advance in the information gap, either from the IPS, or from people who have been vaccinated abroad. The focus is on ensuring that the country reaches coverage of 70% of its population before the start of 2022.

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With data as of December 1, the country advances in 70.8% of first or only doses, which is equivalent to a coverage of 36,156,459 people. While in the case of second and only doses, the advance is 59.84%, equivalent to 24,884,650 people.

At this time, 10,850,505 people are needed to receive their second doses and thus comply, at the end of this year, having 70% of the population with the complete schedules. We have to look for them”Said Gerson Bermont, director of Promotion and Prevention of the Ministry of Health.

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According to Bloomberg data, in Colombia, the latest vaccination rate is 366,133 doses per day, which includes 226,487 people who receive their first vaccination. At this rate, it will take less than a week for 75% of the population to have received at least one dose.

In the division by population groups, 168,858 doses have been applied to pregnant mothers; 361,451 to migrants, 2,339,013 in children aged 3 to 11 years (67,699 seconds) and 1,689,347 booster doses have already been achieved.


In the pending tasks by areas of the country, the Minister of Health, Fernando Ruiz added that Bogota and Cali They must accelerate again because according to the Dane, the two cities concentrate 10’089.915 people and according to the data of the Ministry, 1’718.769 people are susceptible to first dose in Bogotá and 633,267 in Cali, that is to say, that together both cities represent 23% of pending of the first doses and 47% pending of the second.

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We have been increasing an average of 8 thousand pregnant women per week and last week it decreased to 4 thousand. Let us remember the risk of this population from the virusBermont noted.

As for the areas with the greatest lag, such as Cauca, Guainía, Chocó, Vaupés and Vichada, the ministry’s ideal is to arrive there with doses of Janssen’s vaccine, because These departments need this vaccine because they are much more dispersed areas.

In the case of the highest coverage by cities, the leader is Barranquilla, with a percentage of 93.1% of application of first or single doses, a coverage rate of 60.7% and with 509,272 vaccines to be applied; It is followed by San Andrés and Providencia with 85.8%, 64.0% and 23,292 respectively. In third place is Boyacá with 82.4%, a coverage of 63.0% and a remaining 463,142 schemes to complete.

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In the case of the country’s capital, which ranks fifth in advance, It has a 78.1% in the application of first or single doses, a coverage of 53.7% and a pending vaccination of 3,627,874. But it is of the five previous cities where the most booster doses have been applied with 339,930.

In addition, there are 542 municipalities in Colombia that have exceeded 70% of their population with at least one dose. On the other hand, the departments that lag behind are 17, with a percentage of application of first or single doses lower than 64.1% that Bolívar has and that leads the list, with a coverage of 42.1% and 677,075 pending people, the end of the list is for Vichada with 28.5%, 17.4% coverage and 94,582 pending vaccination.

A resolution will be issued shortly that will indicate that municipalities that do not have 60% of their population vaccinated will not be able to hold concert-type events, which generate crowds of people. In addition, the requirement for a vaccination card is maintained and from December 14 those over 18 years of age must demonstrate a complete vaccination schedule to participate in these activities.

By age group, it was indicated that in the segment of 70 years and over, the advance was 96.9% in first doses, 92.3% in second or single doses, and 29.4% in booster doses. In the case of 50 to 69 years, the advance is 86.3% in first and only doses, 77.6% in second and single doses and 8.2% in boosters.

In the group aged 30 to 49 years, the advance is 87.7% in first and only doses, 65% in second and only doses, and 1.1% in booster doses. Meanwhile, in the 12 to 19-year-old group, progress is 68.3% in first and only doses, 36% in second and single doses, and 0.9% in boosters. Finally, in the 3- to 11-year-old group, the advance is 32% in first doses and 0.4% in second doses. There are 12,559,307 people in the country who have not received their first dose.

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Regarding the lag that exists in the country, the Ministry of Health estimates that it is at 19,705,614 doses, that is, 34.04%. Last November 9,405,629 doses were registered in the PAI web system.


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