Third dose anticovid approved for people over 18 years: Get what you need to know

The population between 18 and 49 years of age will be vaccinated progressively according to the groups of the National Vaccination Plan.

The Ministry of Health reported that the third dose of the anticovid vaccine for those over 18 years of age has already been approved, providing details about this process. The Vaccine Advisory Committee, in a session held this Monday, November 22, 2021, approved the opening of booster vaccination in the population over 18 to 49 years of age progressively according to the groups and stages provided in the National Vaccination Plan, at six months from the application of the second dose or single dose.

According to the Ministry, this decision, taken according to the available scientific evidence, allows the application of a third dose (in the case of two-dose schemes) in the first and second-stage population that, according to the opening date, must have already completed six months completed your schematic.

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That is to say that, from now on, each citizen who completed their vaccination schedule against covid-19 with two-dose or single-dose vaccines, will be able to approach an IPS and receive the booster dose.

It should be remembered that in the case of older than 50 years, the third dose vaccination is given four months after completing your schedule against covid-19.

“This reinforcement complements the decisions already taken to reinforce the population over 50 years of age. The application will be made six months after the second dose or single dose for each citizen of the country, and will be progressively to the extent that the different stages of the National Vaccination Plan have been completed “, indicated the Minister of Health and Social Protection, Fernando Ruiz Gómez.

The application of a third dose has been shown to increase the immune response and the effectiveness of vaccines against covid-19 in adults, including protection against severe forms, but also against contagion and transmission

What if I get vaccinated abroad?

For those vaccinated abroad, the third dose will apply if:

  • It is part of the stage of the National Vaccination Plan with provision to date for booster doses, currently being stages 1 and 2.
  • In those under 50 years of age, if six months have passed after completing their vaccination schedule.
  • In those over 50 years of age, if four months have passed after completing their vaccination schedule.

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Vaccination order

The decision of the Advisory Committee established the opening for third doses in stages will be given as follows:

  • Stage 1: November 24, 2021
  • Stage 2: November 24, 2021
  • Stage 3: December 21, 2021
  • Stage 4: January 18, 2022
  • Stage 5: February 16, 2022

What vaccine will they give him?

“The Vaccine Advisory Committee recommended for this third dose the use of heterologous platforms, that is, platforms different from those administered in the initial scheme,” said Minister Ruiz Gómez.

Minsalud Resolution 1866 of 2021 establishes that populations will be able to access a booster dose with a homologous biological (when the initial scheme used was inactivated virus, viral vector or mRNA), or with a heterologous biological with an mRNA or viral vector platform (AstraZeneca) (when the initial scheme was mRNA platform vector, viral vector or inactivated virus), according to the following table:

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