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Colombia Approves Emergency Use of Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine for Infants and Young Children

The Colombian Food and Drug Surveillance Agency (INVIMA) announced on January 25th that it has granted emergency use authorization for the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine for infants aged 6 months to 5 years. Previously, vaccination with this vaccine was only allowed for those 6 years and older. The start date for administering the vaccine to the newly eligible infants has not been announced, but the Ministry of Health plans to release guidelines and requirements for medical professionals.

Looking at the infection situation in Colombia, the number of active infections as of January 21st was 2,919. The number of new infections for the 7 days between January 15th and 21st was 1,558 and the number of deaths was 34. While masks are sometimes worn in public, they are not mandatory on public transportation or in schools and it is up to individuals to decide whether to wear them.

In addition, travelers over 18 years old are generally required to present a vaccination certificate showing that they completed the vaccine 14 days before boarding. If a traveler has not been vaccinated, they must present a negative PCR test or antigen test taken within 72 hours before departure.


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