Communities such as Paquera and Cóbano, on the Nicoya peninsula, are among the areas with the least vaccination against covid-19. At the end of 2022, a team from ‘La Nación’ accompanied vaccination personnel on tours of these towns.
(Rafael Pacheco Granados)
Costa Rica will invest more than $12.2 million this year in buying anticovid vaccines. The acquisition includes 150,000 doses for children under five years of age; 160,000 for children between 5 and 12 years old, and 506,000 bivalent doses.
The National Emergency Commission (CNE), responsible for the acquisition process, confirmed that the investment will come from the National Emergency Fund.
“It is clarified that this purchase is a continuation of what was agreed by the Board of Directors of the CNE, on October 13, 2021, where the Investment Plan called ‘Application of the vaccine against COVID-19 in the vulnerable population’ was approved,” for the acquisition of 2022 vaccines,” the Commission reported in writing.
Currently, Pfizer is waiting for the formalization of the contract addendum.
Rodrigo Marín, director of Health Surveillance and member of the National Commission for Vaccination and Epidemiology (CNVE), told The nation which expects the first doses of bivalent vaccines to enter the country on February 15.
Costa Rica requested 506,000 bivalent vaccines for the population over 12 years of age who are at least two months old after receiving their last dose.
The most recent vaccination data provided by the CCSS indicate that, as of December 21, 980,826 people had four doses; Marín said that it is very likely that many of them want a fifth. In addition, 24,159 over the age of 18 had not received a fourth dose.
Vaccination is the recommended measure to reduce the risk of becoming seriously ill with covid-19, requiring hospitalization or dying.
Since the end of November, Costa Rica has registered a sustained increase in the number of infected, hospitalized, and deaths.
The most recent data from the Ministry of Health, which corresponds to the first epidemiological week of January, records 5,712 infections: 734 more cases than the last week of 2022, when 4,978 cases were confirmed.
The daily average of deaths related to this cause is three, and until January 7, the hospitals of the Costa Rican Social Security Fund (CCSS) registered 139 people admitted; 17 of them in an Intensive Care Unit (ICU).