Experts continue researching the impacts of the covid-19 vaccination on the severity of  virus-produced illnesses.
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Published Tuesday, December 22, 2020

Specialists list the benefits
of covid-19 vaccine

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The concerns and rumors regarding getting vaccinated now that a covid-19 vaccine is available in more countries, specialists of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CDC, have provided a summary of the benefits.

According to the specialists, the main advantage of getting the vaccine are:

• All covid-19 vaccines that are in development or being distributed are being carefully evaluated in clinical trials and will be authorized or approved only if they make it substantially less likely you’ll get covid-19.

• Based on data from clinical trials, experts believe that getting a covid-19 vaccine may also help keep you from getting seriously ill even if you do get the virus.

• Getting vaccinated may also protect people around you, particularly people with increased risks for severe illness from covid-19.

Experts continue researching the impacts of the covid-19 vaccination on the severity of  virus-produced illnesses, the CDC said in its statement.

While in Costa Rica, health authorities are in the process of importing the vaccines against covid-19 to start the massive vaccination campaign.

According to the Ministry of Health, the elderly who live in nursing homes, the nursing home workers, health workers, and the police force, will be the first to receive the vaccine.

The second group of people set to get vaccinated are 58-years-old or older, regardless of whether or not they have any risk factors.

A third group of the population that will receive the vaccine are people between the ages of 18 and 58, who present certain risk factors such as hypertension, diabetes, heart disease, chronic respiratory disease, chronic kidney disease, obesity and cancer.

A fourth group of the population that will receive the vaccine are the Ministry of Public Education workers, the workers of the private education system, the workers of children's shelters, the workers and prisoners of the penitentiary system.

The last group to be vaccinated will be health science students, technicians who work at Social Security, people between the ages of 40 and 57. And those who carry out work activities related to contact with people or whose activity is of great importance for the productive sector of the country.

On Monday, the ministry provided the latest statistics on the evolution of the virus as follow:

• 635 new covid-19 cases, bringing the total to 31,079 active cases.

• 21,321 foreign-born people have been infected, totaling 159,893 cases since March, approximately 13.3% 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.

• 625 patients are being treated in public hospitals, where 254 patients are in ICU’s in delicate health conditions (ages range from 1 to 92-years-old). And 371 patients are in recovery rooms. Many of the remaining infected patients are quarantined in their homes.

• 126,777 coronavirus patients have fully recovered, which is a 79.3% recovery rate of the total cases since March.

• 464,376 covid-19 tests have been performed in Costa Rica since March, according to the Center for Systems Science and Engineering of Johns Hopkins University.

• 2,037 covid-19 related deaths, approximately 1.3% death rate of the total cases since March. Of these 766 women and 1,271 men. The ages range from a 9-year-old to a 101-year-old person.

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 the Center for Systems Science and Engineering, CSSE, at Johns Hopkins University, the pandemic has killed 1,711,815 people worldwide.

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