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It is estimated to cover 9,600 front line workers taking care of patients infected with the virus.
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Vaccination against covid-19 to health workers in private
clinics and hospitals begins

Published Tuesday, March 23, 2021

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

This week began vaccines against covid-19 can be applied to health workers in private clinics and hospitals, Social Security said.

According to the authorities, it is estimated to cover 9,600 front line workers taking care of patients infected with the virus.

People eligible to be vaccinated were enrolled in the respective College of Professionals, such as Nurses, Doctors, Paramedics, among others. The College delivered the list of people to Social Security and the Ministry of Health to schedule the vaccination appointment.

The authorities estimate that the application of the first dose will take several weeks, beginning today through April 16. The second dose will be scheduled 21 days after the first, as usual.

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

  312,425 doses of vaccines against covid-19 have been applied.

The national vaccination rate is 6.05 per 100 inhabitants.

81,169 people have their complete treatment upon receiving the second dose.

557,115 doses of Pfizer vaccines have arrived.

513 new covid-19 cases are reported, bringing the total to 18,771 current active cases.

26,121 foreign-born people have been infected as part of the 213,438 cases, which is approximately 12.38 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.

284 patients are being treated in public hospitals, where 147 patients are in ICUs in delicate health conditions. Their ages range from 15 to 91-years-old. And 137 patients are in recovery rooms. Many of the remaining infected patients are quarantined in their homes.

190,950 patients have fully recovered, an 91% recovery rate of the total cases since March.

758,012 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 U.S.

2,908 deaths are listed as covid-19 related, approximately 1.4% death rate. Of these 1,084 are women and 1,824 men. The ages range from a 2-year-old to a 101-year-old.

Readers can see the current number of infected people in each district on the National Distance Education University on its Covid-19 Map.

According to Johns Hopkins University, the pandemic has killed more than 2.7 million people worldwide.

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