Part of these vaccines are included in the purchase agreement for 2.5 million doses that are currently being
negotiated with the biopharmaceutical company Pfizer. - Photo for illustration purposes only -
Published on Thursday, August 19, 2021
Costa Rica will provide free booster vaccines against covid-19 to a certain group of adults and children in 2022, announced the Ministry of Health.
According to the ministry, part of these vaccines are included in the purchase agreement for 2.5 million doses that are currently being negotiated with the biopharmaceutical company Pfizer.
These negotiated extra doses would be applied to 750,000 children from 2 to 12 years old, in addition to a third booster dose for one million adults who have already completed their two-dose treatment.
Adults eligible to receive the booster must be fully vaccinated, immunosuppressed (who have a low immune system), over 58 years old and first response employee.
Taking into account the new scientific evidence, the Vaccine Commission will work on the list of pathologies to be included with immunodeficiencies characteristics to choose the people who will receive the third dose next year, the ministry said.
The announcement comes after the top authorities' hearing before the Congressional Finance Commission on Tuesday, where they are analyzing a request from the government to approve a new loan of $80 million with the Central American Bank for Economic Integration to buy more vaccines against covid-19.
According to Elian Villegas, Minister of Finance, the loan includes the purchase of vaccines and the equipment needed to keep the treatment in optimal conditions, such as coolers and supplies.
The country has invested $60 million for the purchase of vaccines and supplies that are required to endure the pandemic, Alexander Solis, president of the Emergency Commission, said to the deputies.
According to Daniel Salas, Minister of Health, the vaccination campaign that is being carried out has the goal of inoculating approximately 4.2 million people.
As of Tuesday, Costa Rica has applied 3,848,155 vaccines against covid-19, reaching a national vaccination rate of 74.5 per 100 inhabitants, according to the Vaccine National Information System report.
In the hearing, Deputy Otto Roberto Vargas mentioned the possibility of dismissing the restrictions ordered by the government to try to reduce the contagion of covid-19. According to Solís, the removal of the restrictions will occur after the authorities analyze the development of the virus in the country.
Solis said it won’t happen soon, as the country will experience a fourth wave of virus infection increases in the coming days.
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