Sunday, November 27, 2022

What happens if a Colombian does not attend the scheduled covid-19 vaccination appointment?

QCOLOMBIA – A few days after starting the National Vaccination Plan, Colombians still have some doubts regarding their immunization process and there is fear of losing the opportunity to get vaccinated.

People who want to be vaccinated will have to make an appointment and not get in line for an available vaccine, because users who do this will not be treated. Via: Colprensa – Camila Díaz

However, in case of not attending or missing the appointment scheduled by the EPS (Health Promotion Entity) or IPS (Health Provider Institute), the person may reschedule it.

This was confirmed by the Deputy Minister of Public Health, Luis Alexander Moscoso Osorio, who also acknowledged that details are being finalized for the start of vaccination and, in addition, made some important recommendations that people should take into account.

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The Ministry of Health and Social Protection created the Mi Vacuna (My Vaccine) appl, which has already entered into operation, where the residents have three components – I inform myself, I consult myself and I Postulate – that will allow them to be adequately informed about their process vaccination.

Read more: Colombia receives first batch of vaccines

However, this will not be the only channel enabled for users to clear their doubts.

The Deputy Minister added that people who want to be vaccinated will have to make an appointment and not go to queue to look for an available spot because users who do this will not be treated.

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“Our system is a demand and appointment system, we do not want people in line to have an infection. That is why we are limiting the exact time and dates to avoid crowds. Please do not go (and get in line) if you do not have an agenda or appointment, they will not vaccinate you, they will probably schedule you your vaccination date,” he added.

The big problem that the authorities have is the updating of data, as some people have not updated their place of residence or do not have any contact info on record.

“We are in a process of updating data in the country, the EPS are calling users, an important part has already been contacted, they are asking for information and updating the data. The problem we have is that we do not have contact with people who have wrong data and that is why we ask Colombians to call their entities and update their data. At this moment, people aged 80 or over are registered,” said the Deputy Minister.

The Ministry of Health called on citizens not to lower their guard and continue to take care of themselves, since despite the fact that contagion rates have been reducing, it is important to remember that the pandemic continues and there is still the possibility of test positive.

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