Chilean health authorities on Monday announced the start of a campaign to provide Covid-19 vaccinations to all children ages 3-5, a measure that will benefit more than 700,000 minors nationwide.

"This vaccine, besides protecting the children, also protects their parents, their mothers and fathers, and allows children to be able to play more safely, ... to be able to enjoy themselves, to be able to be children with that tranquility that being protected provides," said Chilean President Sebastian Piñera.

The inoculation process, using the Coronavac vaccine produced by China's Sinovac laboratory, was touted by Health Minister Enrique Paris as a "very important advance," exceeding goals set by the Piñera administration.