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Published on Wednesday, September 8, 2021
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

As of Tuesday, in Costa Rica were applied 4,580,610 vaccines against covid-19, reaching a national vaccination rate of 88 per 100 inhabitants, according to the Vaccine National Information System report.

Of these, 3,071,596 people have received their first dose, approximately 59% of the country's population. And 1,509,014 people have completed their two-dose treatment, approximately 29% of the population. The 3 million-plus people vaccinated include 15,712 people who received the covid-19 vaccine abroad.

At least 83% of the population, about 4,274,344 million people in Costa Rica, must be fully vaccinated to keep infections down and achieve herd immunity, according to Social Security.

Currently, the vaccination campaign is focused on people over the age of 18 in public hospitals, clinics, universities, supermarkets, among other places.

According to the authorities, the vaccine is only available in the country to nationals or residency DIMEX cardholders. There is also an opportunity for people who are in the residency process and have not yet received approval. They must provide their passport and a document provided by the General Directorate of Migration.

It is advised for people to first visit their local Ebais to get information on the vaccination program for that specific area or by calling the Social Security Covid line 905-225-2000.

In August, the government announced a plans to provide free booster vaccines against covid-19 to a certain group of adults and children in 2022.

As of Sunday, Costa Rica has imported 5,914,005 vaccines against covid-19, according to the National Emergency Commission.

The virus continues advancing in the country, as of Tuesday there are 88,456 active covid-19 cases. Of the total 481,100 cases detected since last year, there were 5,673 deaths listed as covid-19 related, approximately a 1.2% death rate in Costa Rica, according to the authorities report, which can be found on the Health Ministry website.

The pandemic has killed more than 4.5 million people at a global level, according to data collected by Johns Hopkins University.

What have you heard about expat residents facing problems getting the vaccine in Costa Rica?
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