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JAN. 10, 2022

President Piñera initiates vaccination process with fourth dose against COVID-19: “A Government’s responsibility is to always be alert, with a single purpose, to best protect everyone’s health and life.”

The vaccination rollout began on Monday with a new dose for immunocompromised persons aged 12 years and over who received their first booster shot before last September 12. The process will be extended to the general population for people aged 55 and over from February 7. 

Chile’s President, Sebastián Piñera, initiated on Monday the vaccination process with a fourth dose against COVID-19.  

The vaccination rollout began with immunocompromised persons aged 12 years and over who received their first booster shot before last September 12, with a minimum lapse of four months. 

The process will continue the week of February 7, vaccinating people aged 55 and over who received their first booster dose before August 15, 2021. 

“This vaccine, the fourth or second booster dose, will be available for everyone. We started today will immunocompromised persons, and we’ll continue as fast as possible. From February 7, it will be open to the general population. We’ll continue with everyone, because we want each and every Chilean to be well protected. Because if we’re not all protected, no one will really be protected,” the President stated from the FACH Hospital vaccination center. He was accompanied by Acting Health Minister María Teresa Valenzuela and Healthcare Networks Undersecretary Alberto Dougnac. 

The inoculation plan began with the first booster dose (third dose) on August 11, 2021, making Chile one of the first countries in the world to initiate the mass vaccination of an additional dose to the primary scheme. 

With this new dose, we intend to strengthen defenses against COVID-19 in order to better cope with the impact of the virus’s different variants. 

“A Government’s responsibility is to always be alert, always watchful, a step ahead, with a single purpose, to best protect the health and life of all our citizens,” the President emphasized. He explained that vaccines are already guaranteed for the process. 

Since the COVID-19 vaccination began on December 24, 2020, 45,041,534 vaccines doses have been administered in our country to date, making Chile one of the countries that has best managed the pandemic. 

“Those who aren’t vaccinated, who are lagging behind and being stubborn: get vaccinated, do it now, because you’re being irresponsible. The vaccine is safe and efficient, and if you don’t get vaccinated, you’ll get infected and infect your families, your coworkers and classmates, and we can’t afford that to happen,” the President concluded.