The Ministry of Health ordered that on Friday, June 16, public clinics should begin inoculating people of the so-called group 5,
which consists of those between the ages of 12 to 58 with no health issues. - Social Security photo -
Published on Wednesday, July 14, 2021
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff
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.
Of these, only 1,783,949 people have received their first dose, approximately 35 % of the country's population. And 822,842 people have completed their two-dose treatment, approximately 16 % of the population.
Currently, the vaccination campaign is focused on 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.
The Ministry of Health ordered that on Friday, June 16, public clinics should begin inoculating people of the so-called group 5, which consists of those between the ages of 12 to 58 with no health issues.
But some community clinics, like the one at Cubujuquí Canton in Heredia Province, already advanced with the inoculation process. So far, there were 11, 829 doses applied to people in that group in the country.
At least 70 percent of the population, about 3.5 million people in Costa Rica, must be vaccinated in order to keep infections down and achieve herd immunity.
As of Friday, the country has imported 2,847,475 vaccines against covid-19, according to the National Emergency Commission. 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.
Last night, 500,000 doses of Pfizer vaccines against covid-19 donated by the U.S. government arrived on a DHL cargo at the Juan Santamaría International Airport. With this donation, the country receives a total of 3,347,475 doses of treatment.
People must follow a process to getting inoculated, according to Social Security. 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.
Meanwhile, the virus continues infecting people. There are 71,670 active covid-19 cases in the country. Of the total 385,069 cases detected since last year, there were 4,829 deaths listed as covid-19 related, approximately 1.3% death rate in Costa Rica, according to the Health Ministry report on Tuesday.
The pandemic has killed more than 4 million people at a global level, according to data collected by Johns Hopkins University.
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