On the eve of Uruguay’s anniversary of the declaration of Independence, seventy percent of the population became fully vaccinated against Covid-19.
Just after midday on August 24, the health minister tweeted the good news and even set a new goal saying “75% is possible”.
The chart (left) shows a number of departments—as states in Uruguay are called—have already surpassed the 75% mark.
At the time of writing, Uruguay has the third most successful Covid vaccination campaign in the world after the United Arab Emirates and Malta.
This is particularly praiseworthy when you consider that as a small less developed country, there were problems initially actually getting hold of the vaccines themselves. So vaccination did not even begin until months after more developed nations.
Rates of vaccination compared to the US and UK
Take a look at this graph from Our World In Data of people fully vaccinated relative to population. The United Arab Emirates is world number one at the moment (74%). Uruguay comes in with 71%. I include the US (51%) and the UK (62%), as many of you readers are from there. Way to go, Uruguay.
8% already have the third booster shot
Two weeks ago, thanks to the good rates of first and second shot vaccinations and an ample supply of vaccines, a third booster shot of Pfizer was offered to those who had received their second dose at least three months earlier. Already 8% of Uruguayans, almost 300,000—myself included—, have gotten their booster.
The ample supply was in part thanks to Uruguay being fortunate to receive a donation of a half a million shots of Pfizer from the United States which shared 80 million shots doses of vaccine from its national stockpile with the rest of the world in June.
Vaccination is working
The number of new cases nationwide has dwindled to around 100 a day. There have been multiple days this month with zero deaths. The number of people in intensive care has also dropped so much—to just 11 today—that the trauma hospital which had been commandeered to deal exclusively with coronavirus patients has returned to its former speciality.
At the risk of repeating myself, in a pandemic, there’s no place I’d rather be than Uruguay.
The latest on the pandemic in Uruguay
On 9 August, the government announced that, thanks to a strong vaccination campaign, Uruguay will open its borders to travellers from November 1st. Travellers must show proof of vaccination.
Disclaimer: Data is from the Coronavirus UY app, which is approved by the Uruguay Ministry of Health. To be able to see these graphics for yourself you must be in Uruguay and registered on the Coronavirus UY app. As they are so useful to see how the country has been dealing with the pandemic, I decided to share some screenshots and explanations with you. Any analysis is based on my own reading and research as an informed member of society in Uruguay. I’m not an expert.
It happened on the eve of Independence Day—almost as if it had been planned. Uruguay’s vaccination rate is third in the world, and cases plummeting.
The government banked on a fast vaccination campaign to control the pandemic in Uruguay. The data shows the strategy is working.
Uruguay has done well to obtain vaccines from three different manufacturers, and so cover the needs of the entire population.
The latest data on flights and flying to Uruguay from the US, Europe and within Latin America while the borders are closed. Updated August 18 2021.
Thanks to a strong vaccination campaign, Uruguay will open its borders to all travellers from November 1st. Travellers must show proof of vaccination.
As Reuters reports Uruguay covid cases are down to 5% of its peak, we run you through the numbers and maps we access every day here in Uruguay.
Take a peek at the numbers of people getting vaccinated, where they live and their ages. Spoiler alert: People are getting vaccinated in droves.
Good news!! Health minister foresees, as Uruguay vaccination numbers among best in the world, a return to normalcy and travel to Uruguay. Find out when.
Cases increased dramatically in March —compared to what we’d seen until now. Guru’Guay gives you an overview from the ground of what’s happening in Uruguay.
Vaccinations for COVID-19 are underway in Uruguay. Struggling to sign up for yours? Here’s what you need to know to schedule your shot with minimum stress.
If you’re lucky enough to be eligible to travel to Uruguay, here’s what you need to know about current travel requirements/restrictions due to coronavirus.
Are you trying to travel to Uruguay right now? Find out what the current entry requirements are and if you meet them. UPDATED.