The vaccines of the Costa Rican Social Security Fund (CCSS) have put 879 729 doses of influenza vaccine throughout the country, representing a reach of 79.9% in record time: never had so many influenza vaccines been applied in 15 days .
For Dr. Leandra Abarca Gómez, the country will achieve herd or herd immunity much faster and this is positive, it means that vaccinated people protect others because they prevent transmission of the virus in the community.
In this sense, the expert said “feeling satisfied with the unexpectedly massive participation of risk groups and ensures that this makes it possible to think about acquiring more doses for next year’s event.”
According to Dr. Xiomara Badilla Vargas, head of the CCSS ‘Epidemiological Surveillance’ subarea, the high demand for influenza vaccines is atypical compared to the previous four years, when there was a remainder of vaccines towards the end of the day and that forced an extraordinary effort to place them.
This year, however, interest in the vaccine increased and this has caused some ebáis in Heredia, Alajuela, San Carlos and Limón to report low or depleted stocks for this Friday, May 22.
Meanwhile the vaccination of children from six months to less than three years continues in all health facilities, according to the call made by the Fund through text messages to mobile phones, voice messages to landlines and emails .
Why is this year atypical?
For the head of the subarea “Epidemiological Surveillance” doctor Xiomara Badilla, the pandemic encouraged people, who were not vaccinated before, to get the vaccine to protect themselves from other respiratory infections, in addition to COVID-19.
Due to the current behavior, the “National Commission of Vaccination and Epidemiology” agreed to increase the number of influenza vaccines for next year.