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Authorities established the last week of July as a goal date to begin vaccinating the rest of the population, people between the ages of 12 to 58 with no health issues.
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Published Wednesday, July 7, 2021

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff


As of Tuesday, the Vaccine National Information System reported that 2,521,795 vaccines against covid-19 have been applied, reaching a national vaccination rate of 48.8 per 100 inhabitants.

Of these, they reported that 1,704,864 people have received their first dose. And 816,931 people have completed their two-dose treatment, approximately 16% of the population in the country.

Currently, the vaccination campaign includes 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.

Authorities established the last week of July as a goal date to begin vaccinating the rest of the population, people between the ages of 12 to 58 with no health issues.

Health authorities established that at least 70% of the population, about 3.5 million people in Costa Rica, must be vaccinated in order to keep infections down and achieve herd immunity.

According to professors Gypsyamber D'Souza, PhD, and David W. Dowdy, MD, from the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University, herd immunity is when most of a population is immune to an infectious disease, providing indirect protection, or population immunity, to those who are not immune to the disease.

So far, Costa Rica has imported 2,794,785 vaccines against covid-19, according to the National Emergency Commission report from last week. This is only part of the 9,130,725 purchased doses to ensure treatment for more than 4.5 million residents living in the country.

According to Social Security, there is a process to getting inoculated. Citizens (including expats), must visit the local community clinic, known as Ebais to provide a copy of the ID and one utility bill to verify the person's home address. Then, clinic staff will provide the vaccine date.

There are 70,0089 active covid-19 cases in the country. Of the total 375,812 cases detected since last year, there were 4,740 deaths listed as covid-19 related, approximately 1.3% death rate in Costa Rica, reported the Health Ministry on Tuesday.

The pandemic has killed more than 4 million people worldwide, according to data collected by Johns Hopkins University.


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How far along is your country in achieving herd immunity against covid-19? We would like to know your thoughts on this story. Send your comments to news@amcostarica.com


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