Judith Pena | January 20, 2023
Panama plans to acquire 1.7 million doses of the bivalent vaccine against COVID-19, the Vice Minister of Health, Ivette Berrío, assured that the vaccination process has already begun and it is evaluated that other groups will be the next to inoculate.
He explained that they have already managed the arrival of more doses of the bivalent vaccine aimed at reducing the impact of both the original strain of the coronavirus and the omicron variant, he reiterated that the inoculation process has already been carried out on health personnel and all levels of security has started.
“At this very moment we have vaccine specialists led by the Minister of Health, Luis Francisco Sucre, idealizing the immunization plan at the national level,” Berrío mentioned.
He pointed out that to receive the bivalent vaccine against Covid-19 the person must have at least two doses of the monovalent vaccine.
Berrío also spoke about the first case of hantavirus detected in 2023 in the province of Los Santos and said that mechanisms are being intensified to prevent the spread of hantavirus throughout the region.
He said that once this case was detected, evaluations and traceability were increased in the area where it was registered and in the surrounding communities, the vice minister said.
He added that this time is vulnerable and propitious for new cases to appear, for which he asked the population to remain alert.
Finally, he reminded the population to enjoy the summer activities, but continue with the forecasts against the hantavirus, Coronavirus and other diseases.
The statements by the Vice Minister of Health were given during the opening ceremony of the Spring Festival, Chinese New Year (Year of the Water Rabbit).