Are people in Uruguay getting vaccinated?

Take a peek at the numbers of people getting vaccinated, where they live and their ages. Spoiler alert: People are getting vaccinated in droves.
By Karen A Higgs
Last updated on July 29, 2021

Yes they are. We bring you the data we’re all using in Uruguay, so you can see for yourself.

Uruguay has a population of almost 3.5 million people. As of July 29 2021:

  • 62% of the population has their second dose and
  • 72% have received their first dose.

Our data is from the Coronavirus UY app—and the health ministry. Unfortunately you need to be based in Uruguay to be able to access the app, so we thought we’d share the graphics with you. The data is from July 29.

How many Uruguayans are getting vaccinated each day

Here you can see day by day the numbers of people getting their first and second doses on this day. I was very lucky to be amongst the first people besides essential workers to get vaccinated. Because of my age. It’s the first time I was happy to be 55, truly. The strategy has been you sign up online and schedule appointments for your both shots. Your second dose is given exactly one month after your first at the same venue—a really streamlined process.

Are Uruguayans everywhere in the country getting vaccinated

Uruguayans all over are getting vaccinated, regardless of where they live.

I’ve randomly picked the department of Colonia, seat of a UNESCO heritage site, as an illustration. The level of detail as provided by the Coronavirus UY app in this graphic is impressive.

We can see that 76.25% of people from Colonia have expressed their desire to get vaccinated. How do they do this? By signing up on the Ministry of Health website to get the jab.

The graphic shows us that 66% have had their final doses, 8.94% have had their first doses and 1.04% are still waiting for their vaccination.

Everyone over the age of 12 can get vaccinated if they wish. We can see that in Colonia 16.13% of the population are under 12 years old and can currently not be vaccinated.

Regarding the waiting list, we can see 1,360 people have a date assigned for their vaccination, just 1 person does not have a date assigned. 12 people have had covid and so have to wait for their next dose.

In this graphic, we can see that those people who are fully vaccinated—they’ve had two doses at least 15 days ago—by department.

The department vaccinating at the fastest rate is Durazno in the centre of the country. Durazno has typically been a leader in highest vaccination rates.

We need to keep our eye on Montevideo where half the population of Uruguay lives. Almost 61% of Montevideans are fully vaccinated.

How old are the people getting vaccinated

I love this graph. It’s all pretty self-explanatory. Uruguayans of all ages are getting vaccinated. Roll-out started with those 55 and above with new age groups being added. What is notable is the rapid uptake in vaccinations of teens. Twelve to nineteen year olds recently became eligible for vaccines from June 9 and for first doses we are already seeing 70% and over 50% of second doses for 15-19 year olds. Uruguay is the first country in Latin America to include teens in their vaccination plan. Teens must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

The latest on the pandemic in Uruguay

Jan 10 2023 The Uruguay government declared the end of the health emergency on April 1 2022 after 752 days. 82% of the population has received at least two shots.  

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.




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