With this new $65.9 million budget, 640,800 people who were not previously included in the pre-selected groups to be vaccinated, will get access to the vaccine.
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Published Tuesday, January 12, 2021

640,000 more people could receive the vaccine

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The government announced an extra budget for this year, with an additional provision to buy more vaccines against covid-19 that would be applied to 640,800 more people.

The Ministry of Finance presented on Monday to the deputies of Congress this extra budget for approximately $65.9 million, to be approved.

According to the ministry, the necessary capital to cover the vaccination of 3,064,838 people was already allocated. With this new $65.9 million budget, 640,800 people who were not previously included in the pre-selected groups to be vaccinated, will get access to the vaccine.

The purchase of these extra vaccines will be made through the COVAX mechanism for the purchase of vaccines from the pharmaceutical companies Pfizer and AstraZeneca. Last year, the government joined the COVAX-Facility program coordinated by the World Health Organization for buying two million vaccine doses.

When the extra budget is approved by Congress, the Ministry of Health will receive the capital to purchase the much anticipated vaccines.

According to the Ministry of Health, the cost of vaccines varies according to the provider.

For doses purchased through COVAX, the cost will depend on the supplier but an average price of $10.55 per dose is estimated.

Doses purchased through AstraZeneca cost $4, plus $1 for transportation, so a maximum of $5.00 per dose.

The cost of vaccines with Pfizer is approximately $12, this price includes transportation. The government recently bought 3 million doses valued at $36 million.
According to the most up-to-date Social Security report, as of Thursday, 9,751 people in the country received the first dose of the Pfizer vaccine against covid-19.

As of last week, 9,751 people in the country received the first dose of the Pfizer vaccine. Of the total number of vaccinated people, 83% were given to health workers, 9.9% to elderly people living in nursing homes, 2.4% to nursing home staff and the rest to other workers who are at the front lines of the fight against the virus. Also included in this initial group are firefighters, policemen, and workers of the National Emergency Commission, the health authorities said.
To receive the treatment, participants must have a Costa Rican ID for natives or a residency ID, known as DIMEX specific for immigrants with resident status.

As of last Tuesday, 54,600 doses of the 3 million doses purchased from Pfizer have arrived in the country. Authorities expect the arrival of 154,050 doses before the end of January. That will allow 77,025 people to get two doses, approximately 1.5% of the country's population.

According to health authorities, it is estimated that the vaccination campaign against covid-19 will take a year to disperse among the country.

While the vaccination campaign advances, authorities from the Ministry of Health reported on Monday the most updated status of the covid-19 public health crisis in the country:

656 new covid-19 cases are reported to bring the total to 39,077 current active cases.

22,827 foreign-born people have been infected, totaling 180,061 cases since March, approximately 12.6% 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.

• 570 patients are being treated in public hospitals, where 240 patients are in ICU’s in delicate health conditions, these with ages range from 20 to 93-years-old. And 330 patients are in recovery rooms. Many of the remaining infected patients are quarantined in their homes.

• 138,631 patients have fully recovered, a 77% recovery rate of the total cases since March.

522,113 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 United States.

2,353 deaths are listed as covid-19 related, approximately 1.3% death rate of the total cases since March. Of these are 883 women and 1,470 men. The ages range from a 2-year-old to a 101-year-old.

Readers can see the updated number of total patients in each district at the National Distance Education University on its Covid-19 Map.

According to Johns Hopkins University, the pandemic has killed more than 1.9 million people worldwide.

How could authorities more effectively promote the vaccination campaign against covid-19 to the country’s population of 5 million people?   We would like to know your thoughts on this story. Send your comments to news@amcostarica.com


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