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Costa Rica announces new purchase of vaccines for children and third doses

Costa Rica announces new purchase of vaccines for children and third doses

The million doses will be purchased from the pharmaceutical company Pfizer and with this Costa Rica, a country of 5.1 million inhabitants, will reach 3.5 million doses by 2022.
The Government of Costa Rica announced this Saturday a new purchase of one million doses of the vaccine against covid-19 that will be used in 2022 in children and in the application of third doses.

“The Vaccination Commission approved the purchase of 1 million additional doses that will strengthen the vaccination campaign and thus reach and protect more population. This is the most important tool we have to reactivate our economy and overcome this pandemic that continues to test our country, ”said Costa Rican President Carlos Alvarado, during a visit to a vaccination center.

The million doses will be purchased from the pharmaceutical company Pfizer and with this Costa Rica, a country of 5.1 million inhabitants, will reach 3.5 million doses by 2022, of which 1.5 million will be applied to minors between 5 and 12 years of age. and the remaining million corresponds to third doses that would be given to people with certain risk factors.

President Alvarado made this Saturday a call for people to go to be vaccinated within the framework of the "vaccinatón" campaign, through which the authorities have extended the opening hours and enabled vaccination posts in shopping centers, markets, private companies, churches and other sites; even in various areas of the country, health personnel have moved from house to house.

This 10-day campaign will conclude on Sunday and aims to apply at least 500,000 vaccines, most of them first doses.

Official data indicate that until September 20, the date of the last figure released, in Costa Rica, a country of 5.1 million inhabitants, 3,274,461 people (63.5% of the population) have been vaccinated with at least one dose, and with two doses to 2,003,946 (38.8% of the population).

Authorities released on Tuesday the results of a study with data as of September 14, which indicates that 86.7% of patients admitted to intensive care units for covid-19 are not vaccinated or do not have the complete vaccination schedule, while 13.2% had already placed both doses.

The study also indicated that of those admitted to the salon (mild or moderate condition) 57.4% did not have the first dose, 13.9% had that first vaccine and 28.7% already had both doses.

Costa Rica is going through a fourth wave of infections that keeps hospitals with high occupancy levels.

Until September 24, Costa Rica has 521,182 confirmed cases of covid-19 and 6,189 deaths.

SOURCE: EFE
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