The President of the Republic, Laurentino Cortizo, approved the placement of the booster dose of vaccines against COVID-19 for people 18 years of age and older.
Currently in Panama the booster dose is being applied to people over 55 years of age, immunosuppressed, health workers and members of the Security bodies.
This decision is announced at times when there is an increase in the positivity rate of the applied tests of 3.6% in Panama, and in which Europe and the United States report increases in cases due to Covid-19 that announce a fourth wave of infections by this disease.
In Panama, as of November 22, it was reported that active cases amount to 2,455, of which 2,345 are in home isolation and 110 hospitalized. Those who are in home isolation are divided into 2,271 at home and 74 in hotels, while those hospitalized are 90 in the ward and 20 in the ICU.
Regarding vaccination, the coverage of the target population from 12 years of age is 88.9% with first dose and 79.2% with second dose.
In chronic patients 457,608 doses have been applied while in pregnant women, puerperal women and lactating mothers 69,266 have been placed; in private hospitals 165,815; in the school vaccination program 7,208 doses and Vacotur 136.