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Responsible vaccination against COVID-19


Everything you need to know about vaccination and the main characteristics, phases and benefits of the COVID-19 vaccine.



National Vaccination Plan against COVID-19

The Government of Peru, through the Ministry of Health (Minsa), has prepared a Voluntary Vaccination Plan against COVID-19; Minsa will immunize 22.2 million people, according to the availability of vaccines and prioritizing the population at risk, in order to protect the population from COVID-19, reducing the risk of seriously ill and/or fatally ill.


Who will be vaccinated?

Vaccines will arrive in our country progressively, which is why a specific order has been established for the vaccination of the population, taking into account ethical criteria, the risk of serious disease and the risk of exposure.


Phases of vaccination


First phase

Any person who provides services, regardless of the nature of their employment or contractual relationship, in the different areas of the Health sector.


Personnel of the Armed Forces and Police Forces, Firefighters, Red Cross, security personnel, Serenazgo, brigade members, cleaning personnel, medical students and members of polling stations.


Second phase

Adults aged 60 years and over, people with comorbidity, population of native or indigenous communities, INPE personnel and people in jails.


Third phase

People ages 18 to 59 will be vaccinated.


What vaccine will be applied?

In this first phase, the Sinopharm laboratory vaccine will be applied, which has emergency approval and is an inactive version of the coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2).


How effective is the vaccine?

According to phase III studies carried out with the Sinopharm vaccine, the efficacy is 79.34%


The vaccine provokes an immune response in the body and was made under the same production process as vaccines that are applied in the National Vaccination Scheme of Peru.


Dose: To be protected it is necessary to apply 2 doses, with an interval of 21 days.


What are the possible side effects?

No severe adverse reactions have been observed with the Sinopharmvaccine, only some mild side effects that may occur such as: pain, slight swelling or redness at the site of application.


Some reactions have also been reported, such as headache, malaise, muscle pain, or fatigue.


In all cases, the reactions are not permanent and resolve or pass quickly.


If I get the vaccine, will I be able to return to “normality”?

After vaccination, preventive measures such as the use of a mask, hand washing, physical distancing and avoiding crowds should continue to be maintained.


If I have a reaction to the vaccine, what should I do?

Go to a nearest health facility or call Line 113.


Source: MINSA


Learn more about vaccines

Protect your life, of the people you love, and of everyone around us

What are the ingredients of a vaccine?

Vaccines contain tiny fragments of the disease-causing organism, or the ‘instructions’ for making those fragments. They also contain other ingredients to keep the vaccine safe and effective. The latter are included in most vaccines and have been used for decades in billions of doses of vaccines.


How do vaccines work?

Vaccines activate the body’s natural defenses, thereby reducing the risk of disease. They work by triggering a response from our immune system


What is vaccination?

Vaccination is a simple, safe, and effective way to protect people against harmful diseases before they come into contact with them. It uses your body’s natural defenses to build resistance to specific infections and strengthens your immune system.


Why is it important to get vaccinated?

Vaccination is a safe and effective way to prevent disease and save lives, now more than ever. Today there are vaccines available to protect against at least 20 diseases, such as diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, influenza, and measles. Together, these vaccines save the lives of up to 3 million people each year.


What diseases do vaccines prevent?

Vaccines protect against many diseases, including:

  • Cervical cancer
  • Cholera
  • Diphtheria
  • Hepatitis B
  • Flu
  • Japanese encephalitis
  • Measles
  • Mumps
  • Whooping cough


Who can get vaccinated?

Virtually anyone can be vaccinated. However, vaccination is discouraged or should be postponed in specific situations or when certain organic diseases occur


How do vaccines protect individuals and communities?

Vaccines train and prepare the body’s natural defenses, the immune system, to recognize and fight viruses and bacteria. If the body were exposed to these pathogens after vaccination, it would be prepared to destroy them quickly, thereby preventing disease.