Immunization plan not meeting coverage goals

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Immunization plan not meeting coverage goals: Attorney General's Office

The Office of the Attorney General called health institutions to attention because they did not meet the goals set in the current vaccination plan in Colombia. According to the control body, a few weeks before the end of 2023, the goal of 95% of vaccinated children has not been met.

The public ministry indicated that in Colombia there is a population of 612,970 boys and girls under one year of age and the goal of the Expanded Immunization Plan of the Ministry of Health and Social Protection is to have 95% of them vaccinated.

However, the Office of the Attorney General said, that only 71% of them – in October – received the vaccine against tuberculosis and 75% were injected with a dose that protects against diseases of diphtheria, whooping cough, tetanus, influenza type of Hepatitis. B.

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For its part, for the total population of 634,447 years old, 77% were vaccinated against measles and 70% received the pentavalent vaccine one year after the third dose. At the age of 18 months, 69% received the measles dose,” the Attorney General’s Office detailed in a statement.

For the population of five-year-old boys and girls (693,887), only 73% received the DPT vaccine that protects against diphtheria, whooping cough, and tetanus.

“In terms of coverage of the national total, the control entity determined that in October 2023 it is expected to reach 79%, finding cases such as the departments of Cundinamarca and Valle del Cauca, where the said coverage of BCG (Tuberculosis) is absent. more than 41%; and in Vaupés and Vichada, where they are less than 40% of measles (SRP) in boys and girls between 18 months and 5 years of age,” specified the control body.

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The call of the Office of the Attorney General is that, before the end of 2023, health institutions strengthen the actions that allow the achievement of the expected vaccination coverage.

“Future leaders are alerted so that in the territorial development plans for the period 2024-2027, they prioritize strategies so that boys and girls in their territories have full enjoyment of their basic right to health and immunized at ages and with the required doses,” the Attorney General’s Office stated.