SANTIAGO, July 28 (Xinhua) -- Chile has fully vaccinated 79.41 percent of the target population, or 12,070,653 people, against COVID-19, Health Minister Enrique Paris said on Wednesday.
According to the government, the mass vaccination program aims to fully inoculate 15,200,840 people, or 80 percent of Chile's total population, with the objective of achieving herd immunity.
This week, adolescents between 12 and 17 years old with comorbidities will begin receiving the vaccine, according to the official calendar.
Chile reported on Wednesday 828 new COVID-19 infections and 25 more deaths in the last 24 hours, for a total of 1,611,917 cases and 35,176 deaths, according to the Ministry of Health.
Since Monday, the South American country's borders have been open to nationals and foreign residents who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 through the Santiago airport, as it strengthened control and follow-up measures to prevent the spread of new variants within Chile.