COVID-19: Vaccination update in Latin America

Since the first vaccination administered in Latin America on December 24, 2020 in Mexico, vaccination campaigns continue, let’s take stock country by country on their progress. It is important to note that prioritization criteria  have been defined in order to protect first health workers, then  people  over 60 years of age as well as adults with significant risk factors. 

Percentages of populations by country that received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine 

Argentina  has administered more than 14 million doses to date, or more than 15% of the population of which more than 3 million are fully immunized throughout the country. From the week of June 8, 2021, it will be the first country on the continent to produce the Russian vaccine Sputnik at a rate of 500,000 doses per week in order to accelerate this vaccination process. 

In Bolivia,1.4 million people were able to benefit from the vaccination campaign, or more than 12.6% of the total population. 

Brazil,  which has been particularly affected by the pandemic, has been able to provide nearly 23% of its inhabitants (more than 48.8   million) with a first dose of vaccine and 22.9  million are now fully vaccinated. 

In Chile, it has 56% of immunized children, of which more than 44% have received two doses. It is the most advanced Latin American country to date in its vaccination campaign. 

Colombia  for its part has begun the fourth phase of its plan which has 5. To  date, 11.5 million doses have been administered  to a total of more than 8 million people or  15.86% of the target population. 

In Costa Rica,  more than 20% of the population received a first injection and 12% the second, for a total of 1.66 million people. 

In Ecuador,  5% of the population is immunized, for a total of 872,000 people. The province of Galapagos for its part is fully vaccinated in order to allow the revival of tourism as quickly and safely as possible.   

In Guatemala,  2.7% of the population has had access to the COVID-19 vaccine, or just over 425,000 people. The United States, through Vice President Kamala Harris, has announced the sending of half a million doses in order to speed up the vaccination process. 

Mexico has  14.2 million supplements vaccinated, or 11.1% of its target population and 7.8% of first-time vaccinated. In the coming weeks the process will be intensified according to the government. 

Nearly 750,000 inhabitants of Panama  have received a first dose and 400,000 are fully vaccinated, or 9.3% of the population. 

In Peru  9.3% of the population is vaccinated or 4.3% and more than 1.7 million others have already received a first injection. 


The disparities in the progress of each of the countries can be explained in particular by access to the stock of vaccines available for export to Latin America, since the region until now had no internal production. The situation should improve in the coming weeks with the production of Sputnik in Argentina and the announcement on June 9 of the President of the United States of the shipment of 500 million Pfizer vaccines to other countries on the continent.  

Where and what vaccines are used in Latin America