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Published on Wednesday, September 29, 2021
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

As of Tuesday, Costa Rica has applied 5,596,495 vaccines against covid-19, reaching a national vaccination rate of 96 per 100 inhabitants, according to the Vaccine National Information System report. The data includes first dose and completed two-dose vaccinations.

Approximately 68% of the country or 3,407,214 people have received their first dose. And 2,189,281 people have completed their two-dose treatment, approximately 43% of the population, including 15,712 people who received their covid-19 vaccine abroad.

The country still falls short of reaching a goal herd immunity of at least 83% of the population, about 4,274,344 fully-vaccinated people in Costa Rica, according to Social Security.

Currently, the vaccination campaign is focused on nationals, residency DIMEX cardholders and immigrants over the age of 18. There is an exception for those who are in the process and have not yet received their DIMEX, Social Security is providing free vaccination against covid-19 for them.

Vaccines are available in public hospitals, clinics, some universities and commercial centers. But authorities are advising people eligible to get the vaccine to first stop-by their local public clinic, known as Ebais, to get information on the vaccination program for that specific area or by calling the Social Security Covid line 905-225-2000.

As of Oct. 15, all public employees should be fully vaccinated, according to a new mandate approved on Tuesday.

Following health guidelines, in August, the government announced a plan to provide free booster vaccines against covid-19 to a certain group of adults and children.

As of Friday, Costa Rica has imported  6,352,755 vaccines against covid-19.

However, the virus continues advancing in the country. On Tuesday the health authorities reported 95,376 active covid-19 cases. Of the total 528,077 cases detected since last year, there were 6,316 deaths listed as covid-19 related, approximately a 1.2% death rate, according to the statistics, which can be found on the Health Ministry website.

The pandemic has killed more than 4.7 million people at a global level, according to data collected by Johns Hopkins University.

What have you heard about expats having a hard time getting the vaccine in Costa Rica? We would like to know your thoughts on this story. Send your comments to news@amcostarica.com


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