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Published on Wednesday,  November 17, 2021
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

In Costa Rica, there have been 6,878,077 vaccines against covid-19 applied, according to Social Security.

Approximately 76% of the population or 3,821,682 people have received their first dose. About 60% of the population, or 3,030,603 people have completed their two-dose treatment. Plus 25,792 people have received their booster shot.

The country has a herd immunity goal of at least 83% of the population, more than 4.2 million fully-vaccinated people in Costa Rica, authorities said.

According to Social Security statistics, most patients in Intensive Care Units, ICUs, are not vaccinated against covid-19. The analysis included 437 patients in public hospitals on Wednesday. Of these, 174 were in an ICU and the rest were in recovery rooms.

Of the patients in the ICUs, 59.8% had not received a single dose of the covid-19 vaccine, 12.1% had only one vaccine applied, 4.6% had less than 15 days after receiving the second dose and 23.6% of patients were fully vaccinated.

In the case of people in the recovery room, 46% had not been vaccinated, 13.7% had one vaccine, 2.3% had less than 15 days of applying the second dose and 38% were fully vaccinated.

Costa Rica has applied a vaccination mandate for all public employees to be fully vaccinated. Currently, the vaccination campaign is focused on nationals, residency DIMEX cardholders and immigrants over the age of 12. The campaign also includes undocumented immigrants living in Costa Rica.

Vaccines are available in public hospitals, clinics, some universities and commercial centers. To get information on the vaccination program for a specific area people should call the Social Security Covid line 905-225-2000 or visit the Covid Vaccination Campaign website.

Even though more people in the country have been vaccinated, the virus continues spreading. On Tuesday, the health authorities reported 7,231 deaths listed as covid-19 related, approximately a 1.3% death rate, according to the Health Ministry statistics.

The pandemic has killed more than 5.1 million people worldwide, according to data collected by Johns Hopkins University.

As of Friday, Costa Rica has imported 7,510,185 vaccines against covid-19.

How far along is your country in achieving herd immunity against covid-19? We would like to know your thoughts on this story. Send your comments to news@amcostarica.com

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