During the day this Friday, Authorities from the Ministry of Health and Education announced that they will promote testing and vaccination operations against the coronavirus in higher education establishments..
The instance took place in the central house of the Metropolitan Technological University (UTEM)and was attended by the Minister of Health, Maria Begona Yarzatogether with the undersecretary of Public Health, Christopher Square; the Undersecretary of Assistance Networks, Fernando Araos; and the undersecretary of Higher Education, Veronica Figueroa.
There, the authorities highlighted the importance of preventing the spread of Covid-19 in universities and professional technical education centers. This, considering that among young people aged 18 to 25, coverage of the second booster or fourth dose reaches 58%.
“That is why we are here, because we think that this group of young people who go to schools, universities, institutions, but also work, we need to approach them, test and vaccinate”said Minister Yarza on the occasion.
For his part, the undersecretary of Higher Education, Veronica Figueroaindicated that together with educational institutions, protocols have been worked on to improve traceability.
“We seek to encourage educational communities to have the possibility of having mobile phones on the different campuses, and that it can favor not only face-to-face attendance, but also take care of the environments in which students, teachers and collaborative staff are inserted”Figueroa said.
In relation to the daily cases of Covid-19, which in the last week they registered an increase of 13%, especially in the northern regions of the countrythe undersecretary of Public Health, Cristóbal Cuadrado, stated that “prevention is a government policy”
“Therefore, collaboration between different sectors allows us to achieve, with this coordination we will allow people to access two fundamental layers of protection: testing and vaccination“, he added.
Finally, the undersecretary of Healthcare Networks, Fernando Araos, wanted to reaffirm that “The pandemic continues. It is up to all of us to stop the spread of the virus and for that it is vital to be tested for any of the symptoms that we know, such as fever, cough or sneezing, fatigue, body aches, headaches or throat, nasal congestion”.