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CCSS reports 149,812 vaccines applied against covid-19

QCOSTARICA - The Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social (CCSS) reports applying a total of 149,812 vaccines against covid-19, reaching a national application rate of 2.90 per 100 inhabitants; this according to the Vaccination Information System (SIVA) as of February 26, 2021.   As explained by Dr....

Almost a million people over 58 must be vaccinated against covid-19

QCOSTARICA - Almost a million people aged 58 and over, throughout the country, are targeted by the Caja's health centers to be vaccinated against covid-19 in the coming weeks. They are part of the second group identified by the technical teams of the Ministry of...

Costa Rica, Chile and Brazil have administered the highest number of doses per capita to date.

QCOSTARICA - Widespread vaccination is the key to overcoming the COVID-19 pandemic and reinforcing the economic recovery in Latin America, Fitch Ratings said in a special report, published on Monday, February 22. The rating agency believes that the resurgence of the virus will negatively affect...

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...

58 or older? This you what should know about the COVID-19 vaccination

QCOSTARICA -  On Tuesday this week, a new batch of COVID-19 vaccines from Pfizer arrived, and with that began vaccination of people of 58 years old or more. The Comisión Nacional de Vacunación y Epidemiología del Ministerio de Salud (National Commission of Vaccination and Epidemiology...

79,560 doses of the vaccine against covid-19 arrived!

QCOSTARICA - Tuesday night Costa Rica received a shipment of 79,560 doses, the largest single shipment so far, of the vaccine against covid-19 from Pfizer. With this sixth batch, the total of vaccines received by Costa Rica is 183,885 doses, which will allow to continue...

Colombia receives first batch of vaccines

QCOLOMBIA – Colombia advanced the start of the immunization campaign against the coronavirus to February 17, three days ahead of schedule, after receiving the first batch of 50,000 vaccines on Monday. Airport workers unload a refrigerated container with 50,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine against...

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...

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...

80% of the vaccines that Costa Rica will receive in February will be for people over 58 years of age

QCOSTARICA - Given that the delivery of vaccines against Covid-19 are suspended until the second half of February, the Comisión Nacional de Vacunación y Epidemiología (CNVE) - National Commission for Vaccination and Epidemiology - made a variation in the distribution of the immunization campaign. The...

Mutating coronavirus: reaching herd immunity just got harder, but there is still hope

A year after the first cases of COVID-19 were found in China, mass vaccination programmes are now offering a chance to end the pandemic. At the same time, new strains, some of which appear to be more infectious than the original one, are threatening...

Centenarians of the Nicoya ‘blue zone’ vaccinated against covid-19

QCOSTARICA - Costa Rica's oldest, among some of the oldest in the world, got vaccinated against Covid-19 on Friday, January 15. They are Rainery Fonseca Gutiérrez, 106; Cristóbal Muñoz Villalobos, 103; and María González González, 102, all residents of Hogar de Ancianos San Blas, in...

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...

58 years and older would receive a vaccine in the second trimester

QCOSTARICA - It will be after March when the vaccination against covid-19 begins for people aged 58 and over, who make up the second priority group, regardless of whether or not they have any risk factors. Leandra Abarca Gómez, coordinator of the Expanded Immunization Program...

2,455 Already vaccinated with the first dose against Covid-19 in Costa Rica

QCOSTARICA - A total of 2,455 Costa Ricans started the new year with the first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine, reported the Expanded Immunization Program of the Caja's Epidemiological Surveillance Subarea. Of the total number of people vaccinated since December 24: 26.1%...

Second batch with 11,700 vaccines against covid-19 reaches Costa Rican soil

QCOSTARICA - The second batch of vaccines against covid-19 landed on Wednesday night, December 30, at the Juan Santamaría airport, with a total of 11,700 doses of the drug developed by Pfizer / BioNTech. The flight, carried out by DHL Aero Expreso, left Belgium, made...

CNE: “If confidentiality in contract with Pfizer is broken, vaccine supply is suspended”

QCOSTARICA - The contract signed by the Comisión Nacional de Prevención de Riesgos y Atención de Emergencias (CNE)  - National Commission for Risk Prevention and Emergency Commission - for the acquisition of three million doses of Pfizer / BioNTech vaccines against the new coronavirus...

Covid-19 in Costa Rica: country will receive 33,150 vaccines per week during January

QCOSTARICA - It's been days since we've gotten any numbers on the state of the covid-19. The last report published was on Thursday, December 24. Though Friday, December 25, was a holiday, there was not the usual report. We will chalk up the lack of...

How People Have Been Inoculated Through the Ages (Photos)

QREPORTS - Throughout history, humans have developed and rolled out vaccines against deadly diseases, from influenza to polio. COVID-19 has killed more than 1.7 million people in 220 countries around the world, according to the World Health Organization, but vaccines are offering hope. Gallery to see...

Vaccination started in Costa Rica!

QCOSTARICA - Doña Elizabeth Castillo Cervantes, 91 years old, and Don Jorge De Ford Almetlla, 72 years old, both from the Fundación Persona Adult Mayor, Propam, in San Ramón de La Unión de Tres Ríos, are the first people in Costa Rica to receive...

Covid-19 in Costa Rica: CCSS prepares 2.5 million vaccination cards for those immunized against covid-19

QCOSTARICA - All who are vaccinated against covid-19 starting in the coming months will receive a card with a record of the vaccination. The Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social (CCSS) - Costa Rican Social Security Fund (CCSS) - is preparing the document for 2.5 million...

Who is first to be vaccinated in Costa Rica?

QCOSTARICA - Seniors and long-stay center workers, as well as first responders, will be the first to receive the Covid-19 vaccine in Costa Rica starting next year. “The health teams are already waiting for the delivery of this product to start vaccination. Very soon we...

Brazil’s Bolsonaro supports vaccination against covid-19

Q24N - Brazil president Jair Bolsonaro affirmed on Wednesday that the vaccination will allow his country to "return to normality", the day after warning of the risk of side effects of the immunizers that are going on the market to contain the coronavirus pandemic. The...

Costa Rica authorizes use of Pfizer and BioNTech vaccine

QCOSTARICA - The Ministry of Health endorsed Tuesday, December 15, afternoon the use of the vaccine against covid-19 made by Pfizer and BioNTech. This permission is given based on the recognition of the Emergency Use Authorization (US) issued Friday (December 11) night by the US...

Vaccination will be ‘a necessity’ for international flights, says Qantas chief

FINANCIAL TIMES - Qantas plans to insist that passengers on international flights have been vaccinated against Covid-19 before boarding its planes once any jab is rolled out. Alan Joyce, the Australian airline’s chief executive, said he thought a vaccine would become “a necessity” for...

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...

103-year-old mother and 83-year-old daughter receive flu shot at home

Luz Ania Carrillo Vargas, 83 and her mother, doña Licitania Vargas Arce, 103, were among the elderly to get a visit at their home from an official of the Ciudad Quesada health area, to vaccinate them against the seasonal flu. Sitting in an armchair in...

Parents opposed to vaccinating their children may lose custody

Parents who oppose vaccinating their children may end up in court and even lose custody of the children. Up to March of this year the national children's welfare, the Patronado Nacional de la Infancia (PANI), received a little more than 3,500 complaints, ranging from lack...

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