Health worker prepares dose of Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine in Panama City, Panama, July 21 | Photo: EFE / Bienvenido Velasco

Uruguay has approved the application of a third dose of the Covid-19 vaccine in people inoculated with Coronavac, this time with Pfizer’s immunizing agent, according to an announcement made Wednesday by the Ministry of Public Health ( MSP).

According to the MSP, the decision had been studied for several weeks and was taken following the recommendation of the National Advisory Commission on Vaccines and the group created with the aim of fighting the coronavirus pandemic.

The third dose will be given in a staggered fashion, and those inoculated must have had a minimum of 90 days between the second dose of Coronavac and the next dose with Pfizer vaccine. You will need to make a new appointment online or by phone, as happened with the first two injections, but the schedule has not yet been opened.

According to the CoronavirusUy mobile application, as of this afternoon 2,553,018 people had received at least one dose of Covid-19 vaccine, or 72.06% of the population, while 2,184,123 (61.65%) had completed the vaccination process with two injections. Since the start of the pandemic, the neighboring country has reported 380,793 cases of infection with the SARS-CoV-2 virus, of which 2,404 are active, and 5,941 deaths.