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The most recent shipment arrived Tuesday at 9:00 p.m. at the Juan Santamaría International Airport with 117,000 doses of Pfizer vaccines.
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Costa Rica imports 1.2 million-plus vaccines against covid-19

Published Wednesday, April 28, 2021

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Costa Rica has imported 1,257,855 vaccines against covid-19. The most recent shipment arrived Tuesday at 9:00 p.m. at the Juan Santamaría International Airport with 117,000 doses of Pfizer vaccines.

Currently, the country received 1,217,665 doses of the 4,000,425 doses purchased from Pfizer/BioNTech, to treat more than two million people, according to the National Emergencies Commission.

On Tuesday, April 7, another 43,200 AstraZeneca inoculations arrived of the 1,092,000 doses purchased by the government since last year. The next AstraZeneca vaccine shipment is expected to arrive between May 10 and 14.

A total of 818,884 vaccines against covid-19 have been given since December 2020, reaching a national vaccination rate of 15.86 per 100 inhabitants, according to the statistics of the Vaccine National Information System.

There are 538,682 people who have received their first dose. And 280,202 people have completed the treatment upon receiving the second dose.

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

Group-B of High Risk remains in the same phase as Group A. Those in this group include people over the age of 58, regardless of whether or not they have any pre-existing health risk factors.

To receive the vaccine, participants must have a Costa Rican ID or a residency ID, known as DIMEX specific for immigrants with resident status. They must also visit the local public clinic, known as Ebais, to be listed as a candidate for getting the treatment. People already registered in the Social Security database, known as EDUS, will be contacted by phone to register for a vaccine date.

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

1,927 new covid-19 cases are reported, bringing the total to 38,197 current active cases.

29,244 foreign-born people have been infected as part of the 243,167 cases reported, approximately 12.% 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.

• 789 patients are being treated in public hospitals, where 340 patients are in ICUs in delicate health conditions. And 449 patients are in recovery rooms. Many of the remaining infected patients are quarantined in their homes.

• 201,784 patients have fully recovered, an 83% recovery rate of the total cases.

• 953,061 covid-19 tests have been conducted in Costa Rica, according to the Center for Systems Science and Engineering of Johns Hopkins University in the U.S.

• 3,186 deaths are listed as covid-19 related, a death rate of approximately 1.3%. Of these 1,204 are women and 1,982 men.

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

According to Johns Hopkins University, the pandemic has killed more than 3.1 million people worldwide.

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