In order to receive the vaccine, participants must have a Costa Rican ID for natives or DIMEX for foreigners with resident status.
- Ministry of Security and Costa Rica Firefighters photo -
Published Wednesday, January 6, 2021
Police officers and firefighters get covid-19 vaccine
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff
The vaccination campaign against covid-19 continues with the groups pre-selected by the health authorities. On Tuesday, police officers and firefighters who are on the front lines of the fight against the virus began getting vaccinated, reported the Ministry of Security.
The inaugural set of police officers to receive the first dose of the vaccine purchased from Pfizer are from the Goicoechea Canton Police Delegation and more than 110 firefighters at the Metropolitana Sur Station of Costa Rican Fire Department. Both groups are located in San José Province.
According to the ministry, 14,000 officers from the different police organizations in the country are set to get their vaccine.
Since Dec. 2020, 21,450 doses of the 3 million doses purchased from Pfizer have arrived in the country. The goal is to immunize 1.5 million people with that treatment.
Social Security expects the arrival of 154,050 doses to vaccinate 77,025 people sometime this month. The initial goal is to protect against the virus for 1.5% of the country's population.
Police officers and workers of other public security forces are in the first group considered “at risk” of getting the virus, according to the health authorities. This pre-selected group also includes elderly people living in nursing homes and their staff, as well as health workers.
Once the vaccination of the first group is completed in its entirety, the second risk group will begin getting their vaccine. This group includes people over the age of 58 (including Costa Ricans and immigrants with resident status), regardless of whether or not they have any risk factors.
In order to receive the treatment, participants must have a Costa Rican ID for natives or a residency ID, known as DIMEX, for immigrants with resident status.
According to Social Security, once community clinics receive their doses, health workers will proceed to inform its specific list of people with further details.
Authorities estimate that the vaccination campaign against covid-19 will be carried out throughout the year.
While the vaccination campaign advances, authorities from the Ministry of Health report a fast increase in deaths and spread of the covid-19. The most recent statistics were announced on Tuesday, as detailed below:
• 1,155 new covid-19 cases are reported to bring the total to 37,736 current active cases.
• 22,304 foreign-born people have been infected, totaling 173,591 cases since March, approximately 12.8% 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.
• 598 patients are being treated in public hospitals, where 254 patients are in ICU’s in delicate health conditions (ages range from 1 to 91-years-old). And 344 patients are in recovery rooms. Many of the remaining infected patients are quarantined in their homes.
• 133,607 coronavirus patients have fully recovered, a 77% recovery rate of the total cases since March.
• 506,685 covid-19 tests have been performed in Costa Rica since March, according to the Center for Systems Science and Engineering of Johns Hopkins University in the United States.
• 2,248 deaths are listed as covid-19 related, approximately 1.3% death rate of the total cases since March. Of these are 844 women and 1,404 men. The ages range from a 2-year-old to a 101-year-old.
Readers can see the updated number of total patients in each district at the National Distance Education University on its Covid-19 Map.
According to Johns Hopkins University, the pandemic has killed more than 1.8 million people worldwide.
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