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Published on Wednesday, October 6, 2021
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff
The Social Security reported that in Costa Rica, 5,760,293 vaccines against covid-19 have been applied.
Approximately 69% of the population or 3,470,013 people have received their first dose. And 2,290,280 people have completed their two-dose treatment, approximately 44% of the population, including 15,712 people who received their covid-19 vaccine abroad.
The country still falls short of reaching the goal of herd immunity of at least 83% of the population, about 4,274,344 fully-vaccinated people in Costa Rica, according to Social Security.
Currently, the vaccination campaign is focused on nationals, residency DIMEX cardholders and immigrants over the age of 18. There is an exception for those who are in the process and have not yet received their DIMEX, Social Security is providing free vaccination against covid-19 for them.
Vaccines are available in public hospitals, clinics, some universities and commercial centers. But authorities are advising people eligible to get the vaccine to first stop-by their local public clinic, known as Ebais, to get information on the vaccination program for that specific area or by calling the Social Security Covid line 905-225-2000.
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As of Oct. 15, all public employees should be fully vaccinated, according to a new mandate recently approved.
In August, the government announced a plan to provide free booster vaccines against covid-19 to a certain group of adults and children.
As of Saturday, Costa Rica has imported 6,495,495 vaccines against covid-19.
However, the virus continues advancing in the country. On Tuesday the health authorities reported 82,365 active covid-19 cases. Of the total 539,422 cases detected since last year, there were 6,522 deaths listed as covid-19 related, approximately a 1.2% death rate, according to the statistics, which can be found on the Health Ministry website.
The pandemic has killed more than 4.8 million people worldwide, according to data collected by Johns Hopkins University.