President Chilean Sebastián Piñera kicked off the application of the second booster dose against COVID-19 on Monday at a time when there is a constant rise in new daily infections.
Piñera was present when Miguel and Teresa, two adults with immunosuppression problems, characteristic of those who undergo dialysis or have been transplanted, were inoculated with the fourth dose – or the second booster – in a hospital in the eastern part of the Chilean capital.
The president pointed out that of the 4,000 new daily infections that the country currently has, “we believe that they may reach 10,000, even more, and that is why we are preparing, starting this fourth dose very early.” Since the beginning of the pandemic, the maximum number of cases in a day in Chile was registered in April with 9,171 infected.
Chile kept contagions under control for several months until the beginning of January, when new cases began to rise slightly but steadily. Last weekend it exceeded 4,000 infected – the highest figure since July of last year – although the deceased continue to be around 20 daily. The last week the new cases were 87% more than the previous week.
The immunization phase of the immunosuppressed will conclude on February 7, when the vaccination of those over 55 years old who have completed six months since they received the first booster dose will begin.