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Today’s Covid News: A slight drop in new cases and deaths is seen

QCOSTARICA - Faced with wasting a vaccine dose when people in the priority groups scheduled do not show up, and a substitute cannot be located, people without any risk factor, can advance their vaccination against covid-19. The Minister of Health, Daniel Salas Peraza, confirmed to...

Seven out of ten over 58 years have been fully vaccinated against covid-19

QCOSTARICA - The Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social (CCSS) reports that 70.3% of people over 58 years of age, the so-called Group 2 of vaccination prioritization, in Costa Rica already have their complete two-dose schedule of vaccine against covid-19; 86% of them have received...

Parking lots, a bull ring and shopping centers among the vaccination centers on Saturday

QCOSTARICA - Vaccination centers against covid-19 were transformed this Saturday to be able to vaccinate more people. Universities, civic centers, parking lots and even a bull ring were all part of the different places that were adapted. In total, 89 health areas had their workers...

Government promises to speed up vaccination against covid-19

QCOSTARICA - A total of 700,000 doses against covid-19 were applied across the country in May. A month earlier, health centers had applied 565,000 doses. For the Minister of Communication, Agustín Castro, these figures show that the speed of the vaccination process is increasing. At a...

CCSS will test anyone who has mild symptoms for covid-19

QCOSTARICA - Feeling under the weather, have a cough or runny nose, fatigued, weak, nauseous, vomiting, diarrhea, difficulty breathing? Or suspect you may have covid? The Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social (CCSS) will now perform antigen tests on people with suspected covid-19 who have mild...

CCSS applied almost 206,000 doses of vaccine against covid-19 in the last week

QCOSTARICA - The Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social (CCSS) applied 205,902 doses of the vaccine against covid-19 in the last seven days. This is the week (May 17-23) that more vaccines have been applied since the campaign began, on December 23, 2020; an amount of ...

Second doses of Pfizer vaccines will be 12 weeks apart

QCOSTARICA - The Ministry of Health announced Tuesday, May 18, that people who get the Pfizer vaccine against COVID-19 will no longer get their second dose 21 days (3 weeks) after the first, but rather up to 12 weeks. Daniel Salas, Minister of Health, said...

Today’s Covid News: 48 deaths in 24 hrs; Govt promotes 5 areas of actions

QCOSTARICA - Reducing the number of infections, freeing up hospital beds and establishing national and international collaborations are the objectives of the announced actions by President Carlos Alvarado during Tuesday's press conference. The other measures announced Tuesday are new vehicular restrictions starting Wednesday, May 9,...

Caja to move ‘non-covid’ patients to private hospitals

QCOSTARICA - Caja patients with diseases other than covid-19 will be transferred to private hospitals, to make room for covid patients, through the "Urgent strategy for institutional expansion through collaboration with private hospitals." According to the information provided by the CCSS medical manager, Dr. Mario...

What to watch for to be sure you get the vaccine

QCOSTARICA - The moment has arrived to get the vaccine. With the apparent "irregular" vaccination in the health area of the Tres Rios made public by a video that went viral on Thursday, the Minister of Health, Daniel Salas, asked the Caja Costarricense de...

Today’s Coronavirus News: Friday record in ICU to covid-19 and the second highest number in daily cases

QCOSTARICA - This Friday, April 23, 2021, shortly after 6:00 pm, the Ministry of Health reported the second-highest number of covid-19 cases in a single day: 1,656. This number was surpassed with 1,776 the previous day. This was also the day that more people are...

Costa Rica breaks record: 1,776 covid-19 cases in a single day

QCOSTARICA - Thursday, April 22, was a record breaking day for covid-19 cases in Costa Rica when the country registered the highest number of cases in a single day, 1,776. This is the highest number reported in a single day since the start of the...

More Costa Ricans Vaccinated Than Total of COVID Cases

QCOSTARICA - More than 247,000 people in Costa Rica have received their two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine, surpassing the country’s 233,000 COVID-19 cases reported during the pandemic. The Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social (CCSS), also known as the "Caja", reports 697,237 doses applied, of...

Hospitalizations of under 50s with covid-19 concerning

QCOSTARICA - In addition to the concern of the sharp increase in cases this week as Costa Rica is hit with the third wave of covid-19, the hospitalization of increasingly young covid-19 patients generates growing concern among health authorities and specialists. These are patients who...

Costa Rica’s Minister of Health first to be vaccinated with Astra Zeneca vaccine

QCOSTARICA - This Monday, April 29, 2021, Costa Rica began vaccinations with the Astra Zeneca vaccine with the Minister of Health, Daniel Salas, being first person in the country to receive a dose. A few days ago Dr. Salas stated that he would get the...

727 days (1.99 years) it will take Costa Rica to reach Herd Immunity

QCOSTARICA - The first vaccines against covid-19 in Costa Rica were applied on December 24, three months later, the data says that 106,227 Costa Ricans have their full protection and another 99,971 await their second dose. This rate worries some specialists, who consider that this...

569 people participate in a study to evaluate the body’s defenses against Covid-19

QCOSTARICA - 569 people from different communities in the country have been part of the study “Evaluación de la respuesta inmune al Covid-19 en Costa Rica" (RESPIRA) - Evaluation of the immune response to Covid-19 in Costa Rica. The research seeks to estimate the prevalence...

Mandatory vaccination for Health officials

QCOSTARICA - Vaccination against covid-19 will be mandatory for all health officials, announced the medical manager of the Costa Rican Social Security Fund (CCSS), Mario Ruiz Cubillo, during a press conference Friday. “The vaccine actually saves lives, it keeps people from getting seriously ill. The...

No clear date for the resumption of shipment of Pfizer vaccines

QCOSTARICA - Last week, the president of the Comision Nacional de Emergencias (CNE) stressed that the shipments of the Pfizer vaccine against covid-19 would resume today Monday. Alexánder Solís stated during the press conference last Tuesday, to report on the handling of the pandemic in...

CCSS ready for second clinical trial of equine serum against covid-19

QCOSTARICA - The Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social (CCSS) is ready to begin its second scientific trial with equine serum in hospitalized patients with covid-19. The institution announced Friday morning at a press conference that the protocol has already been approved by the ethical-scientific committee...

11,838 people have already received the two doses of the covid-19 vaccine in Costa Rica

QCOSTARICA - In Costa Rica, 11,838 people already have the complete vaccination scheme against covid-19, after having received the second dose of the Pfizer vaccine. A week ago, the data provided by the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social (CCSS) spoke of 2,421 people having received...

People without Caja do have options to get vaccinated against covid-19

QCOSTARICA - Costa Ricans and residents over 58 who are not with the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social (CCSS) or Caja will be able to receive the covid-19 vaccine, starting in mid-February, when the next batch of doses arrives. The National Commission for Vaccination and...

24,859 doses applied against covid-19 in three weeks of vaccination; second dose begins

QCOSTARICA - The Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social (CCSS) reports it has applied 24,859 doses during the first three weeks of vaccination against covid-19 throughout the country. In a press release this Friday morning, January 15, the Caja said that amount represents 80.8% of the...

People over 80 will be a priority in the second stage of vaccination against covid-19

QCOSTARICA - When Costa Rica begins covid-19 vaccination of group 2, of those 58 years old and over, priority will be given to those aged 80 and over. This was one of the announcements made Wednesday by Roberto Arroba Tijerino, technical secretary of the National...

9,751 people have already received their first dose of vaccine against covid-19 in Costa Rica

QCOSTARICA - The Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social (CCSS)reported Friday that 9,751 people had already received the first dose of the covid-19 vaccine. 83% were applied to officials of hospitals and clinics of the CCSS, 9.9% to seniors residing in long-stay homes, 2.4% to workers...

Saturated with covid-19 patients, Perez Zeledon hospital makes forced “megatransfer”

QCOSTARICA - About 60 officials from the Costa Rican Social Security Fund (CCSS), worked in coordination with the Fuerza Publica (National Police) and Policia de Transito (Traffic Police) to transfer 11 covid-19 patients in delicate condition from the Escalante Pradilla Hospital, in Pérez Zeledón,...

Arrival of the vaccine against covid-19 will not replace other measures against contagion

QCOSTARICA - The pace with which COVID-19 vaccines are being developed worries some people, who fear they are not safe products. Both Leandra Abarca, coordinator of the Expanded Immunization System of the Costa Rican Social Security Fund (CCSS), and Pedro González, vice minister of Health,...

Team of 200 prepare vaccination of three million Ticos against covid-19

QCOSTARICA - The exact date is not known, but the plan has already been drawn up and about 200 people work daily to organize the first national vaccination campaign against covid-19.   Three million Costa Ricans would be immunized against this new virus tentatively starting in...

First 16 patients who received equine serum are now at home; 6 died

QCOSTARICA - The first 16 patients who received equine serum as an experimental treatment for the effects of COVID-19 have already returned home and are under surveillance, as part of the clinical trial protocol. Six others died. "Many were very complicated, with an average age...

Costa Rica Suspends Use of Hydroxychloroquine to Treat COVID-19 Patients

(QCOSTARICA) The Costa Rican Social Security Fund (Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social - CCSS) suspended the use of hydroxychloroquine in patients with COVID-19. Through a press release, they Caja said that from today (Thursday) the temporary suspension of hydroxychloroquine. Dr. Mario Ruiz Cubillo, medical manager of...

Failure of Employer To Register Domestic Worker With The Caja Can Be Costly At The End

Employing domestic labor for two people for almost two decades but without paying the social security, in the end will be more expensive to the employer, who now faces a judicial collection from the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social (CCSS) - Costa Rican Social...

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