CIENFUEGOS, Cuba, Jan 10 (ACN) The booster vaccination, with a single dose of the nationally produced drug Soberana 01, is being extended from today to all the municipalities of Cienfuegos, due to the increase in the number of infections by COVID-19 and the presence of the omicron variant of the SARS-CoV-2 virus in the province.
Carmen Damilsys Sevajanes Perez, head of the nursing section of the Provincial Health Office, told the Cuban News Agency that nearly 210 vaccination sites have been set up to inoculate more than 201,900 people throughout the territory.
Pregnant women and mothers with breastfeeding children will receive the Soberana Plus vaccine, while the pediatric population will continue with the scheme of two doses of the Soberana 02 vaccine plus one dose of the Plus vaccine, the specialist added.
The Soberana 01 immunogen, a vaccine candidate developed by the Finlay Vaccine Institute, is given to those over 19 years of age, three months or more after having completed the complete scheme designed by Cuban scientists.
The product will be administered in nursing homes throughout the province, as well as in other social institutions and vulnerable groups, such as transplanted patients and those with nephropathy.
Cienfuegos began administering Soberana 01 last November to some 15,000 health sector workers, as part of a study approved by the Center for State Control of Medicines, Equipment and Medical Devices, with the objective of testing the booster capacity of this product and comparing the results with those of the Soberana Plus vaccine.
To date, more than 97 % of the Cienfuegos population has received the three doses of vaccine to combat the effects of the SARS-CoV-2 virus.