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The country will speed up the vaccination campaign against covid-19.
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Published Tuesday, May 11, 2021

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The government purchased an additional 2 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine, announced the National Emergency Commission. They aim to speed up the vaccination campaign against covid-19.

With this purchase, the country will have 6,000,425 million doses of Pfizer for the treatment of more than 3 million people.

In April another 43,200 AstraZeneca inoculations arrived of the 1,092,000 doses purchased by the government last year. The next AstraZeneca vaccine shipment is expected to arrive this week.

The government also purchased 2,037,600 doses of vaccines through the Covid-19 Vaccines Global Access (COVAX system) of the World Health Organization. This acquisition includes WHO-approved vaccines, such as AstraZeneca, Pfizer or Moderna.

According to the government, the country bought a total of 9,130,025 doses to ensure treatment for more than 4.5 million people.

According to the statistics provided last week by the Vaccine National Information System, a total of 950,252 vaccines against covid-19 have been given since December 2020, reaching a national vaccination rate of 18.40 per 100 inhabitants.

There are 605,099 people who have received their first dose. And 345,153 people have completed the treatment upon receiving the second dose.

The country has yet 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.

This month, the treatment application for Group-C of High Risk began. This group includes people between the ages of 18 and 58 with certain health risk factors such as hypertension, diabetes, heart disease, chronic respiratory disease, chronic kidney disease, obesity and cancer. Except for pregnant women or those who are breastfeeding.

To receive the vaccine, participants must have a Costa Rican ID or a residency ID, known as DIMEX specific for immigrants with resident status.
They must also visit the local community clinic, known as Ebais, to be listed as a candidate for getting the treatment. People already registered in the Social Security database, known as EDUS, will be contacted by phone to register for a vaccine date.

According to the Ministry of Health report on Monday, there are 53,260 active covid-19 cases, of these, 1,280 patients are hospitalized. There were 3,430 covid-19 related deaths reported, equivalent to a death rate of approximately 1.3%.


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