SANTIAGO, Chile: As the number of daily COVID-19 cases continues rising, Chile has began administering a fourth vaccination dose to some citizens.
This week, President Sebastin Piera was present when two adults with immunosuppression conditions received a fourth vaccine dose at a Santiago hospital.
Due to the current daily COVID-19 infection rate, having reached 4,000 but could rise to 10,000 or more, Chile is beginning to distribute the fourth dose early, Piera said.
After the distribution of the fourth dose to the immunosuppressed ends on 7th February, people over the age of 55 who received their third dose at least six months ago will be next to be vaccinated.
The sharp increase in infections in neighboring Argentina, Bolivia and Peru contributed to the decision to begin the process in Chile, which has a population of 19 million.
On 30th December, Israel approved a fourth vaccine dose for those most vulnerable to COVID-19, becoming one of the first countries to offer the fourth vaccine shot due to the surge caused by the Omicron variant.