The first batch of 9,750 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine arrived in our country this Wednesday at 9:00 p.m. from Belgium and is already in safekeeping at the facilities of the Costa Rican Social Security Fund (CCSS).
As explained by Román Macaya, executive president of the CCSS, this first installment will allow the immediate start of the protection of health sector workers in the first line of care for patients and the elderly in long-stay centers, one of the groups with the largest number of deaths reported.
“This is a historic moment for the Costa Rican Social Security because with the arrival of these vaccines we not only became one of the first countries in the continent to start immunizing our risk groups, but we are also providing the population with a tool additional to reduce the chances of contagion of COVID-19 ”, assured Macaya.
The vaccines received this Wednesday are part of an existing purchase agreement between our country and the companies Pfizer and BioNTech for the acquisition of three million doses that will enter gradually during the remaining days of 2020 and 2021. Next week is expected admission of 11 700 doses.
“Tomorrow a process will begin that fills us with hope. The plan is that between 10 and 11 in the morning we carry out this act of opening the vaccination campaign, which will take place simultaneously in a long-stay center for the elderly and in the CEACO. A December 24 to remember ”affirmed the Minister of Health, Daniel Salas.
The CCSS has planned, through the Logistics Management, the routes that will gradually allow the vaccine to be delivered to each of the parts of the country and protect the population.