Uruguay will begin its COVID-19 vaccination campaign on March 1 and will receive its first batch of vaccines next Thursday.
President Luis Lacalle Pou said that the people in charge of the vaccination will be the first to receive the vaccine and the education staffs will be next as the schools also reopen on March 1.
She also said that the country will be receiving 192,000 doses of the China’s Sinovac in February and will get an additional 1,558,000 doses in March.
Uruguay is also expected to receive 460,000 doses of the US/German Pfizer vaccine around March or April.
Security forces, firemen and military, and all those under 60 can also have their vaccine on the same day.
However, immunization is not required but she said, “it is for the good of the overall community.”
While, Pfizer vaccine will be given to health and sanitary workers once it is available. “This is a technical non political decision. If the time lap between the Chinese and Pfizer had been longer, we would have proceeded to inoculate everybody with Sinovac, but since the time lap is less than ten days, we have decided to wait,” Pou said.