The vaccination teams of the Costa Rican Social Security Fund (CCSS) have applied 818,884 doses of the vaccine against covid-19 in our country, this according to data from the Integrated Vaccine System (SIVA) with cut-off to Monday, April 26, 2021 at 9.00 am With this figure, the country reaches a vaccine application rate of 15.86 per 100 inhabitants.
As explained by Dr. Elvis Delgado Delgado of the CCSS Epidemiological Surveillance, of the total registered doses, 538,682 (66%) correspond to people who have received at least one dose of the vaccine, while 280,202 (34%) are people who they have already completed their immunization scheme against covid.
The data show that in the group of people aged 58 years and over, 632,778 vaccines have been applied, of these 436,301 correspond to first doses and 196,477 to people who have already completed their vaccination schedule against SARS-CoV-2.
It stands out that the rate of application of the first dose of vaccine in people between 80 and 89 years old reaches 90.3 per 100 inhabitants, this according to the populations projected by the National Institute of Statistics and Censuses (INEC).
The breakdown of the data shows that in people between 90 and 99 years of age the same rate is 91.1 per 100 inhabitants, while in people aged 100 and over the rate is 96.6 per 100 inhabitants. Dr. Leandra Abarca Gómez from the CCSS Epidemiological Surveillance highlighted that 53.3% of adults aged 58 and over already have at least 1 dose of vaccine against covid-19 which favors reducing severity and mortality in this group, which, precisely, it is the most vulnerable to covid-19.
In prioritized group 1, made up of workers from long-stay homes, from first response institutions to the pandemic and health professionals from the private sector, 186,107 vaccines have been administered, of which 102,381 correspond to first doses for a rate of application of 93.1 per 100 officials. In addition, of the total doses applied in this group, there are 83,725 people with complete schedules.
Regarding the advance in the regions, the Central Pacific reached an application rate of 19.26 per hundred inhabitants, which places it as the region that shows the greatest percentage advance. While from the nominal point of view, the Central-South region is the one that has applied the most vaccines with a total of 349,709 doses for a rate of 18.21 per 100 inhabitants. The direction of the Health Services Network has been continuously monitoring all regions for several weeks and establishes with them strategies to strengthen the vaccination process in order to meet the established goals and protect populations at risk.
The CCSS maintains the call to the population included in the prioritized groups to attend punctually the vaccination appointment assigned to them in their assigned health area and to maintain preventive measures against this disease, such as frequent hand washing with soap and water, physical distancing and the use of a mask.