Published Wednesday, March 3, 2021
Almost 400,000 doses of vaccines against
covid-19 imported in Costa Rica
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff
Since the purchase from the pharmaceutical company Pfizer / BioNTech in December, there have been shipments to Costa Rica carrying an amass of 386,295 doses of covid-19 vaccines.
The eighth and most recent shipment entered in a DHL flight Tuesday night with 109,980 doses of the treatment.
This is the largest shipment of doses delivered by Pfizer, according to Alexander Solís, President of the National Emergency Commission.
"These vaccines will be distributed throughout the country to continue with the immunization of the first two priority groups," Solís said.
Solís confirmed that, through the agreement with COVAX, in May an expected 218,400 doses will arrive in the country. This will be the first shipment of this vaccine purchased from the AstraZeneca pharmacy.
Through the COVAX system of the World Health Organization, enough vaccines were purchased to protect more than one million inhabitants, he added.
So far there have been 149,812 doses of covid-19 vaccines applied to people in the country, according to the most recent Social Security report. Reaching a national vaccination rate of 2.9 per 100 inhabitants.
The country remains inoculating the first pre-selected group, which includes elderly folks living in nursing homes, nursing home employees, healthcare workers, members of the police force, firefighters and National Commission Emergency workers, among others.
The second group of pre-selected people, include people over the age of 58, regardless of whether or not they have any pre-existing health risk factors.
It is estimated the treatment will be applied to 867,000 people.
To receive the treatment, participants must have a Costa Rican ID or a residency ID, known as DIMEX specific for immigrants with resident status.
Social Security asks for people who qualify in the second group, to visit the local public clinic, known as Ebais, to be registered. In the case of the people who are already registered in the Social Security database, known as EDUS, they will be contacted by phone to register for a vaccine date.
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