These weekend, in most of the public hospitals, malls, supermarkets and clinics the treatment will be applied without an appointment.
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Published on Friday, July 16, 2021

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff


Mass vaccination campaign begins today, after receiving the donation of half a million Pfizer vaccines by the United States government.

All residents over the age of 40, who have not received either dose, can receive the treatment as of today. According to the authorities, the vaccine is only available to nationals and people in the country who are residents. They must show resident ID (DIMEX) or have any document that indicates progress in the residency process and their passport.

The vaccines will be applied at the Ebais community clinics. Public hospitals will also be carrying out the vaccination rounds. These weekend, in most of the public hospitals, malls, supermarkets and clinics the treatment will be applied without an appointment.

People who visit the vaccination centers must comply with the sanitary guidelines, such as wearing a face mask at all times, cleansing hands at the entrance of places, and maintaining a 6-feet social distance in line. If a person is sick, they can not visit any vaccination center.

During this mass vaccination process, the Pfizer treatment will be applied. After receiving the first dose, patients must return to the same vaccine site after 12 weeks to receive the second dose.

Some of the places where mass vaccination will take place beginning from today to Monday are:

Beginning on Friday, July 16.

* Oxígeno Mall, in Heredia Province, from 12 noon to 6 p.m.

* Paseo de las Flores Mall in Heredia Province, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

* San Juan de Dios Hospital, in Colon District, San José Province, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

* The National Institute of Learning, located in Uruca Canton, San José Province, begins the mass vaccination organized by Hospital Mexico from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Beginning on Saturday, July 17

* Calderón Guardia Hospital, in Aranjuez District in San José Province, from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.

* Monsegnor Sanabria Puntarenas Hospital, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

* UACA University in Curridabat Canton, San José Province, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

* Jesús Jiménez public school, the  Colegio Universitario, the  Centro Cívico and the Max Peralta Hospital, all these places in Cartago Province, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

* Geriatric Hospital located in Sabana, San José Province, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

* Children's Hospital, located in Colon District, San José Province, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

* Cedeso Auditorium, located in front of  Carlos Durán Clinic in San Jóse, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Beginning on Monday, July 19.

* Plaza Lincoln Mall in Moravia Canton, San José Province, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

* Walmart supermarket located in the cantons of Tibas and Guadalupe, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

* Centro Evangelístico in San Pedro District, San Jose Province, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

* Véritas University, also in San Pedro District, San Jose Province, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

If the weekend doesn’t work out, check with your local public clinic, known as Ebais. They will have the information on the vaccination program for that specific area.

Expats must follow a process to getting inoculated in the local Ebais. They must visit the clinic to provide a copy of the DIMEX and one utility bill to verify the person's home address. Then, Ebais staff will provide the vaccine date.

As of Tuesday, there have been 2,606,791 vaccines against covid-19 applied in the country, reaching a national vaccination rate of 50.5 per 100 inhabitants, according to the Vaccine National Information System report.

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