At least 83% of the population, about 4,274,344 million people in Costa Rica, must be fully vaccinated to keep infections down and achieve herd immunity.
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Published on Wednesday, August 25, 2021
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

As of Tuesday, according to the Vaccine National Information System report, Costa Rica has applied 4,033,022 vaccines against covid-19.

Of these, 3,029,514 people have received their first dose, approximately 58% of the country's population. And 1,003,508 people have completed their two-dose treatment, approximately 19% of the population.

The 4 million-plus people vaccinated include 15,712 people who received the covid-19 vaccine abroad. Of these, 98% received the vaccines in the United States. The majority chose to be inoculated with the Johnson & Johnson dose (48%) and Pfizer (42%), according to statistics from the Ministry of Health.

At least 83% of the population, about 4,274,344 million people in Costa Rica, must be fully vaccinated to keep infections down and achieve herd immunity, according to Social Security.

Currently, the vaccination campaign is focused on people over the age of 18 in public hospitals, clinics, universities, supermarkets, among other places.

According to the authorities, the vaccine is only available in the country to nationals or residency DIMEX cardholders. There is also an opportunity for people who are in the residency process and have not yet received approval. They must provide their passport and a document provided by the General Directorate of Migration.

It is advised for people to first visit their local 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 Friday, 4,839,345 vaccines were imported, according to the National Emergency Commission.

The authorities are expecting the arrival of an additional 69,600 doses of AstraZeneca vaccines that will be donated by Spain. This donation should allow to inoculate approximately 38,800 people, President Carlos Alvarado said.



Also, the government will provide free booster vaccines against covid-19 to a certain group of adults and children in 2022, according to the ministry.

In the country, there are 82,460 active covid-19 cases. Of the total 447,672 cases detected since last year, there were 5,378 deaths listed as covid-19 related, approximately a 1.2% death rate in Costa Rica, according to the authorities report on Tuesday, which can be reached at the Health Ministry site.

The pandemic has killed more than 4.4 million people at a global level, according to data collected by Johns Hopkins University.

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