Al Jazeera English published this video item, entitled “Peru begins COVID vaccination for 5-11 age group amid surge in cases” – below is their description.
With the world’s highest COVID-19 mortality rate, Peruvians have suffered more than most in the pandemic.
And with the Omicron variant causing a sharp increase in infections, children are hit hard.
Schools are shut, and many have fallen victim to the disease.
But millions as young as five-year-old are now eligible to get vaccinated.
The health minister says the number of children who test positive for COVID-19 is likely to rise.
Health authorities have warned they are close to issuing a red alert, as there are only a few ICU beds left for children in the country.
Al Jazeera’s Mariana Sanchez reports from the capital, Lima.
–Al Jazeera English YouTube Channel
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