During a visit to the Arica and Parinacota Region, Health Minister Enrique Paris, Public Health Undersecretary Paula Daza and Assistance Networks Undersecretary Alberto Dougnac presented the schedule for COVID-19 vaccination for children between the ages of 6 and 11, following a Public Health Institute announcement that it had granted authorization to inoculate this age group with the Sinovac laboratory’s CoronaVac vaccine.
Minister Paris stressed the importance of including children under 12 years of age in the National Vaccination Plan and emphasized that Chile has “one of the most successful programs in the world and the best in Latin America. Only Iceland has vaccinated more people relative to the global population.”
Undersecretary Daza provided details about the vaccination schedule, explaining that the process will begin on Monday, September 13 with children who present specific comorbidities and teens between the ages of 14 and 17.
“Next week, we will restart the process of vaccinating an age group that has had to wait. Anyone aged 14 to 17 can receive a vaccine between Monday, September 13 and Thursday, September 16 according to the Health Ministry calendar,” Undersecretary Daza explained.
She added that the vaccination process for children in the 6 to 11 age group will begin on Monday, September 13 among 10- and 11-year-olds with specific comorbidities. The list of pathologies has been published on the Health Ministry website. Children aged 8 and 9 may be vaccinated on Tuesday, September 14 and those aged 6 and 7 may receive vaccines on Wednesday, September 15. Children aged 6 to 11 who present comorbidities described in the week’s immunization program and could not be vaccinated on their stipulated day may be vaccinated on Thursday, September 16.
“They should bring a document that certifies that they have one of the pathologies listed on the vaccination calendar. Given that this is a voluntary vaccine, children may go to the facility closest to their home, accompanied by a parent or guardian,” Undersecretary Daza added.
Vaccination for teens will continue the week after September 18. The vaccine will be available to children ages 12 and 13 from Monday, September 20 to Wednesday, September 22. Children aged 6 to 11 with comorbidities may also receive their vaccine on the days listed on the Health Ministry calendar.