The rush to get more people vaccinated comes at a time when health authorities confirmed the first detected cases of the Delta coronavirus variant in the country.
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Published on Wednesday, July 21, 2021

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff


As of Tuesday, there have been 2,812,795 vaccines against covid-19 applied in the country, reaching a national vaccination rate of 54.5 per 100 inhabitants, according to the Vaccine National Information System report.

Of these, only 1,982,452 people have received their first dose, approximately 39 % of the country's population. And 830,343 people have completed their two-dose treatment, approximately 16.6 % of the population.

Currently, the vaccination campaign is focused on people over the age of 12 with pre-existing health conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, heart disease, chronic respiratory disease, chronic kidney disease, obesity, cancer, among others.

As well as people of the so-called Group 5 which consists of those between the ages of 30 to 58 with no health issues.

The country-wide mass vaccination campaign was launched last Friday. Health authorities have the goal of applying the half-million doses donated by the United States in less than two weeks. That is an average of more than 50,000 doses per day.

The rush to get more people vaccinated comes at a time when health authorities confirmed the first detected cases of the Delta coronavirus variant in the country.

The first case was detected on June 13. Currently, there are 16 patients infected with Delta-variant. Of these, 12 are Costa Rican and 4 foreigners. Three of the cases are people who traveled to Germany, the United States and Nicaragua.

"This shows us that this variant is throughout the country, in all provinces," Daniel Salas, Minister of Health said.

None of these people required hospitalization or have died. Seven of them have already fully recovered and the rest are still in the process of recovery, Salas said.

According to the authorities, the vaccine is only available to nationals and people in the country who are residents. They must show resident ID (DIMEX) or have any document that indicates progress in the residency process and their passport.

The vaccines will be applied at the local public clinic, known as Ebais. Public hospitals will also be carrying out the vaccines, as well as some malls, supermarkets and clinics.

It is advised for people to first visit their local Ebais to get information on the vaccination program for that specific area or by calling the Social Security Covid line 905-225-2000.

Costa Rica has received 3,427,035 vaccines against covid-19, according to the National Emergency Commission.

There are 70,748 active covid-19 cases in the country. Of the total 394,135 cases detected since last year, there were 4,915 deaths listed as covid-19 related, approximately 1.3% death rate in Costa Rica, according to the Health Ministry report on Tuesday.

The pandemic has killed more than 4 million people at a global level, according to data collected by Johns Hopkins University.

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