Some 70,000 Peruvians have Traveled Abroad to get Vaccinated
,Peruvians who have traveled to the United States to get vaccinated have a visa to enter the country and most of them want to advance their vaccination shift in Peru, when checking the immunization process it has only started to pick up speed in April.
Around 70,000 Peruvians have traveled abroad to be vaccinated against COVID-19, according to estimates by the Ministry of Health (Minsa), which is evaluating opening a registry for those who wish to declare it.
Most of the Peruvians vaccinated abroad have done so in the United States, where some states are administering vaccines to visitors without the need to prove residence.
“It is very difficult to know how many of those 70,000 people have been vaccinated because people also travel for other reasons,” said Minsa spokesman Arturo Granados.
“We are evaluating whether it is necessary to open a registry for people to declare they have been vaccinated and, in this way, release vaccines for other people who need it,” he added.
Peruvians who have traveled to the United States to get vaccinated have a visa to enter the country and most of them want to advance their vaccination shift in Peru, when checking the immunization process it has only started to pick up speed in April.
Known faces with vaccine
Among those who have publicly confessed to having been vaccinated in the United States are familiar faces such as former presidential candidates Hernando De Soto and Cesar Acuna.
The first he did secretly in the middle of the electoral campaign, but he had to admit it when the media published his immigration record that showed two express trips to Houston (Texas).
De Soto, who ran for the Presidency of Peru for the Avanza País party (neoliberal right), had to admit that he went to the United States to access a vaccine financed by the State despite promoting a vaccination by private companies to Peru.
On his side, Acuna, leader of the right-wing Alianza Para el Progreso (APP) party, had assured that he would be the last Peruvian to be vaccinated if he won the presidential elections but, as he did not go to the second round, he decided to advance your vaccination.
Criticism of the State
Congressmen from the Avanza Pais party Adriana Tudela and Alejandro Cavero have also acknowledged having been vaccinated in the United States.
“The inefficiency of the State in the vaccination process has caused many Peruvians to choose to seek the vaccine outside the country. I have been one of them, ”Cavero, 28, wrote on social networks, an age range that has not yet accessed vaccines in almost any country in the world except the United States.
Peru already has more than two million people vaccinated, almost half with the two doses necessary to acquire protection against the coronavirus, mostly health personnel, police, armed forces, firefighters and people over 70 years of age.
This has coincided with the decline in the long second wave that has passed through the country since last December, which has increased the balance of the pandemic to 1.9 million confirmed symptomatic cases, of which about 67,000 have died.