December 27, 2021 #ChileDiverse

Chile's vaccination process against Covid-19 turns one year old

Accessibility settings

One year into the process, there are already more than 16.5 million people with the complete primary scheme, which corresponds to 86.7% of the target population.

On Friday, December 24, it was one year since the first vaccines arrived in Chile and our country began the vaccination process, becoming a pioneer not only in Latin America but also worldwide. After one year, more than 17 million people have already been vaccinated with at least one dose, which corresponds to 90.7% of the target population and 16.5 million people have a complete primary vaccination schedule, which corresponds to 86.7% of the target population. In total, more than 48 million doses of vaccines from Pfizer-BioNTech, AstraZeneca, Sinovac, and CanSino laboratories have arrived in Chile.

Chile's leadership in the vaccination process is an example of how our country has been at the forefront thanks to a number of factors, including early negotiation and commercial contacts to secure the necessary doses, our country's willingness to conduct clinical trials, health network throughout Chile, management capacity, and the collaboration of all public and private actors and the population.

Here are the major milestones one year into the process:

December 24, 2020: The first 9,750,000 units of the Pfizer-BioNTech laboratory arrived in Chile, which were administered to the personnel of the Intensive Care Units of La Araucanía, Biobío, Magallanes and a third of the Metropolitan Region. These regions had the highest rates of infection.

February 3, 2021: the mass vaccination process begins in the country, starting with older adults aged 90 years or more, health personnel, clinical practice students, workers of the National Service for Minors (Sename), personnel of health residences and residents and officials of Long Stay Elderly Facilities (ELEAM). In total, the first group prioritized for mass vaccination included 5 million people.

March 9, 2021: Our World in Data (an initiative of the University of Oxford) places Chile in first place among the countries that vaccinate the fastest, considering the average of the last week, with an average of 1.08 doses per 100 inhabitants in the last week.

March 24, 2021: The vaccination process begins in the healthy population, starting with people aged 59 years. On the same day, more than 6 million people are vaccinated with the first or single dose.

June 22: Vaccination begins for children between 12 and 17 years of age.

July 30: 80% of the target population completes their vaccination schedule with two doses or a single dose.

August 11: Six months after the start of mass vaccination against Covid-19, Chile began the inoculation plan with booster doses, becoming one of the first countries in the world to massively initiate the application of an additional dose to the primary scheme.

September 27: Vaccination of children between 6 and 11 years of age begins.

December 6: Vaccination of children between 3 and 5 years of age begins. With the incorporation of this group, vaccination in the country reaches practically the entire population.

December 22: Bloomberg ranks Chile as the best place in the world to be in December, given the increase in cases of the Omicron variant. This, in part, because it is the second most vaccinated population in the world among countries with more than 1 million inhabitants.


Image of Chile