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The most recent shipment arrived Tuesday at 9:00 p.m. at the Juan Santamarķa International Airport with 124,020 doses of Pfizer vaccines.
- National Emergencies Commission photo -

Published Wednesday, May 5, 2021

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Costa Rica has imported 1,381,875  vaccines against covid-19. The most recent shipment arrived Tuesday at 9:00 p.m. at the Juan Santamarķa International Airport with 124,020 doses of Pfizer vaccines.

The country purchased 4,000,425 doses from Pfizer/BioNTech, to treat more than two million people, according to the National Emergencies Commission.

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

As of Monday, a total of 950,252 vaccines against covid-19 have been given since December 2020, reaching a national vaccination rate of 18.40 per 100 inhabitants, according to the statistics of the Vaccine National Information System.

There are 605,099 people who have received their first dose. And 345,153 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.

Last week, the treatment application for Group-C of High Risk began. This group includes people between the ages of 18 and 58 with certain health risk factors such as hypertension, diabetes, heart disease, chronic respiratory disease, chronic kidney disease, obesity and cancer. Except for pregnant women or those who are breastfeeding.

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 community 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:

» 1,304 new covid-19 cases are reported, bringing the total to 48,351 current active cases.

» 30,387 foreign-born people have been infected as part of the 257,980 cases reported, approximately 11% 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.

» 1,091 patients are being treated in public hospitals, where 408 patients are in ICUs in delicate health conditions. And 683 patients are in recovery rooms. Many of the remaining infected patients are quarantined in their homes.

» 206,319 patients have fully recovered, an 80% recovery rate of the total cases.

» 1,004,802 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.

» 3,310 deaths are listed as covid-19 related, a death rate of approximately 1.3%. Of these 1,253 are women and 2,057 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 3.2 million people worldwide.


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