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Published on Wednesday, October 13, 2021
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff
The Social Security reported that in Costa Rica, 5,921,089 vaccines against covid-19 have been applied.
Approximately 70% of the population or 3,525,260 people have received their first dose. And 2,395,829 people have completed their two-dose treatment, approximately 47% of the population, including 15,712 people who received their covid-19 vaccine abroad.
The country has a herd immunity goal of at least 83% of the population, about 4,274,344 fully-vaccinated people in Costa Rica, authorities say.
Currently, the vaccination campaign is focused on nationals, residency DIMEX cardholders and immigrants over the age of 18. In some public clinics the vaccine is being applied to children between ages 12 and 17, as a contingency plan.
This week all undocumented foreigners living in Costa Rica will be able to receive the covid-19 vaccine for free, Social Security said. This campaign to vaccinate undocumented people is open until Thursday. There is no need to prove immigration status. People interested in getting inoculated just have to show their passport for registration only.
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.
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 Friday, Costa Rica has imported 6,653,135 vaccines against covid-19.
However, the virus continues advancing in the country. On Tuesday the health authorities reported 77,123 active covid-19 cases. Of the total 547,914 cases detected since last year, there were 6,718 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.
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