COVID-19: Vaccination update in Latin America

(Last update 03/01/2022)

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 (Source : Our World in Data le 22/11/2021)

Argentina  has administered more than 76.8 million doses to date, or more than 84,2% of the population of which more than 32.6 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, 5.61 million people were able to benefit from the vaccination campaign, or more than 48,1% of the total population. 

Brazil,  which has been particularly affected by the pandemic, has been able to provide nearly 78,2% of its inhabitants with a first dose of vaccine and 143 million are now fully vaccinated. 

In Chile, it has 90,4% of immunized children, of which more than 86.5% 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 last phase of its plan which has 5. The administration of a third dose has started since September 2021. To  date, 64,6 million doses have been administered  to a total of more than 38,2 million people or 75.3% of the target population. 

In Costa Rica,  more than 77,4% of the population received a first injection and 68.8% the second, for a total of 3,9 million people. 

In Ecuador, 80.3% of the population is immunized, for a total of 14,1 million 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, 38.8% of the population has had access to the COVID-19 vaccine, or just over 6,525,628 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  72.8 million supplements vaccinated, or 56.5% of its target population and 63.5% of first-time vaccinated. In the coming weeks the process will be intensified according to the government. 

Nearly 3,028,948 inhabitants of Panama  have received a first dose and 2,448,386 are fully vaccinated, or 56.6% of the population. 

In Peru 64.7% of the population is vaccinated and more than 21.3 million others 24.4 milion 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.  

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