Published Wednesday, April 7, 2021
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff
Since December 2020, a total of 504,930 Pfizer vaccines against covid-19 have been applied, reaching a national vaccination rate of 9.78 per 100 inhabitants, according to the statistics of the Vaccine National Information System.
Of those already vaccinated, 291,368 people received the first dose and 213,562 people have their complete treatment upon receiving the second dose.
On Monday, the third DHL shipment with 115,830 vaccine doses purchased from Pfizer arrived at the Juan Santamaría International Airport, totaling 865,995 doses of the 3 million doses purchased from Pfizer for $36 million.
Today at 7:00 a.m. arrived the first cargo of 43,200 AstraZeneca doses of the treatment. This shipment was purchased from the COVAX system of the World Health Organization.
In December 2020, the government signed an agreement with the British-Swedish multinational pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical company AstraZeneca to buy one million doses of its vaccine, AZD1222.
The country remains to finish inoculating Group-A of High Risk, which includes elderly folks living in nursing homes, nursing home employees, healthcare workers, members of the police force, firefighters and Emergency Commission workers, among others.
Group-B of High Risk remains in the same phase as Group A. Those in this group include people over the age of 58, regardless of whether or not they have any pre-existing health risk factors.
To receive the treatment, participants must have a Costa Rican ID or a residency ID, known as DIMEX specific for immigrants with resident status.
Social Security called on people who qualify in the second group, to visit the local public clinic, known as Ebais, to be registered. In the case of the people who are already registered in the Social Security database, known as EDUS, they will be contacted by phone to register for a vaccine date.
While the vaccination campaign advances, authorities from the Ministry of Health reported on Tuesday the most updated status of the covid-19 public health crisis in the country:
• 684 new covid-19 cases are reported, bringing the total to 22,989 current active cases.
• 27,121 foreign-born people have been infected as part of the 219, 846 cases since March, approximately 12.3% of the total cases. Of these, authorities confirmed the death of 32 foreign-born patients. But since October, there is no updated information about foreign-born deaths due to covid-19.
• 390 patients are being treated in public hospitals, where 194 patients are in ICU’s in delicate health conditions. And 196 patients are in recovery rooms. Many of the remaining infected patients are quarantined in their homes.
• 193,857 patients have fully recovered, an 88% recovery rate of the total cases.
• 842,015 covid-19 tests have been conducted in Costa Rica since March, according to the Center for Systems Science and Engineering of Johns Hopkins University in the U.S.
• 3,000 deaths are listed as covid-19 related, approximately 1.4% death rate. Of these 1,124 are women and 1,876 men.
Readers can see the current number of infected people in each district on the National Distance Education University on its Covid-19 Map.
According to Johns Hopkins University, the pandemic has killed more than 2.8 million people worldwide.
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