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The fifteenth shipment arrived Monday at 9:00 p.m. at the Juan Santamarķa International Airport with 118,170 doses.
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Costa Rica imports 1 million-plus Pfizer vaccines





























Published Wednesday, April 21, 2021

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff


Costa Rica has imported 1,098,555 covid-19 vaccines. The doses are slightly more than a quarter of the four million doses purchased from Pfizer/BioNTech, to treat two million people, according to an announcement from the National Emergencies Commission.

The fifteenth shipment arrived Monday at 9:00 p.m. at the Juan Santamarķa International Airport with 118,170 doses.

On Tuesday, April 7, another 43,200 AstraZeneca inoculations arrived. These are among the one million doses purchased by the government since last year, through the COVAX system of the World Health Organization.

According to authorities, the next AstraZeneca vaccine shipment is expected to arrive between May 10 and 14.



Of the total imported, 698,327 doses have been distributed. Of these, 450,593 were first round injections and 247,734 were second. The national vaccination rate is 13.53 per 100 inhabitants, according to Social Security statistics.

The country has yet to finish inoculating Group-A, which includes high-risk populations such as elderly folks living in nursing homes, nursing home employees, healthcare workers, members of the police force, firefighters and National Emergency Commission workers, among others.

Group-B, which includes people over the age of 58 regardless of whether or not they have any pre-existing health risk factors, is also being inoculated.

To receive the treatment, participants must have a Costa Rican ID or a residency ID, known as DIMEX specific for immigrants with resident status.

In Costa Rica there are currently  29,697 current active covid-19 cases. There were 3,104 deaths listed as covid-19 related, approximately 1.3% death rate of the total cases reported since March 2020, according to the Ministry of Health.
 
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Can public health authorities speed up the vaccination campaign?   We would like to know your thoughts on this story. Send your comments to news@amcostarica.com


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