Representatives of the Ministry of Health, the Costa Rican Social Security Fund and the National Emergency Commission today recapitulated the progress of our country on the way to launch the vaccination campaign against COVID-19.
The Vice Minister of Health, Pedro González indicated that our country, through the National Commission for Vaccination and Epidemiology, and in alliance with other entities, has done a great deal of work to advance in the different aspects involved in vaccination planning.
“Costa Rica is acquiring high quality vaccines in terms of safety and efficacy, previously approved by strict regulatory agencies of the highest level of rigor worldwide,” said the hierarch.
Dr. González recalled that, up to now, the Government of the Republic has signed three agreements for the purchase of vaccine: Pfizer-BioNTech (three million doses), AstraZeneca-Oxford (one million doses) and the COVAX initiative of the World Health Organization (two million doses).
These six million doses, which are purchased through the National Emergency Commission, will protect three million people against SARS-CoV-2 (two doses per person).
According to the bilateral agreements, the vaccines will begin to enter the country in the first quarter of next year. There is still no exact date for the delivery of the vaccines to the country.
The National Vaccination and Epidemiology Commission works on the groups to be vaccinated, prioritization is being carried out according to the risk of each segment of the population, such as older adults, people with risk factors and first responders.
The vaccination campaign will be carried out through the Costa Rican Social Security Fund. The health personnel will assess the medical risk factors of each case to determine the relevance of the vaccination.
The health authorities explained that the six million doses that the country is acquiring will not arrive at the same time, so the vaccination will be deferred in the different months throughout the year 2021. At the same time they detailed that the product does not It is indicated for children under 18 years of age.
For his part, the Minister of Health, Daniel Salas, took the opportunity to demystify the rumors that have been circulating about vaccines against COVID-19, reiterating how throughout history, vaccines have been a great ally for public health. “It is important to make it clear that vaccines do not cause sterility, much less autism, they do not modify our DNA and they do not contain coronaviruses or microchips. Vaccines allow our body to neutralize the virus. Getting vaccinated will protect us as individuals and as a group. Costa Rica is a benchmark in the world for its complete vaccination scheme and its culture of understanding the benefits of being vaccinated, and we are sure that the campaign against COVID-19 will not be the exception ”, emphasized the hierarch.