23 April 2021

Hope comes in small doses

“I´ve been reborn,” said Celinda Tafur, 87 years old, after receiving her first COVID-19 vaccine dose at the Los Libertadores vaccination site in Lima, Peru. Celinda hopes it will bring her closer to what she misses most: gathering the whole family around the table. Artemio Baldoceda, 83 years old, misses his grandchildren, who he has seen through…, Reaching the most vulnerable, Older adults like Celinda and Artemio are among the first to get vaccinated, along with health workers like Carmen Castañeda, a nurse at the vaccination site and one of more than 1.7 million people in Peru who have been infected with COVID-19  [1] . “I’m no stranger to this pandemic..I have been sick and I have had family members who have been…, Vaccination rates at risk, As the Government of Peru works to procure and distribute vaccines across the country, just 57 per cent of the population say they would get a COVID-19 vaccine if given the chance  [2] . Carlos Garzón, PAHO/WHO Representative in Peru, explained: “The vaccines are new and we must help people understand that they are safe and effective, that not…, Nothing to fear, Whether young or old, Celinda and Artemio encourage everyone to get the vaccines they need, as soon as they are available. “The vaccine gives me a little more life to be with my family and for my family to be with me,” Artemio said, while Celinda reassured, “Everybody should get vaccinated. There’s no need to be afraid.”   [1] Peru Ministry of…