This Wednesday, Colombia completes a month of vaccination against COVID-19. Of the 1,429,685 doses it has received so far from pharmaceutical companies Pfizer and Sinovac, the country inoculated 843,204 doses, covering 58.98% of the 1,619,104 doses of immunization provided for in the first phase of vaccination against the disease.
The figures are behind the country’s initial forecasts. In March, more than 3 million Colombians were expected to be vaccinated.
The current projection, however, according to the Minister of Health, Fernando Ruiz, is that by the end of March, the population over 80 will be covered (80%-85% of this age group will be immunized).
The Colombian government’s goal is to vaccinate 35.2 million people throughout this year, equivalent to 70% of the national population, to achieve herd immunity.
So far, Colombia accounts for more than 2.3 million confirmed cases of COVID-19, and 61,243 deaths due to the disease.