San José, Jul 27 (elmundo.cr) – In ten days, the teams of the Costa Rican Social Security Fund (CCSS) registered the application of 507 092 doses of the vaccine against covid-19; This was reported by Dr. Mario Ruiz Cubillo, the institution’s medical manager.
As explained by the manager, the tenacious work of the officials of the health and hospital areas of the CCSS and the implementation of numerous and varied strategies allowed that between July 16 and July 25, all the doses received were applied as donation by the government of the United States of America (503,100 doses), as well as 3,992 doses that were part of the institution’s stock.
Data from the Integrated Vaccine System (SIVA) show that, during those 10 days, 174,037 doses of the vaccine were applied in the Central-South region, 147,040 in the Central-North region, 46,928 in Chorotega and 45,068 in the Huetar Atlántica . 39,717 were also placed in the Brunca region, 28,635 in the Central Pacific and 25,667 in the Huetar Norte region. With the work carried out in this period, the percentage of people who have received at least one dose of the covid-19 vaccine went from 38% to 45% of the total population.
In addition to the efforts of the vaccination teams, the manager highlighted the logistical capacity of the CCSS for the organization of the health services network, the storage and transfer of biologicals, and the maintenance of the cold chain that guarantees the quality of the vaccines. ; as well as the great acceptance by the population of the vaccine.
“Our country has a true culture in favor of vaccines. In Costa Rica we have learned, from the first days of our lives, that vaccines save lives and that the protection they provide against many diseases is essential. And this protection accompanies us throughout the entire cycle of our life. That is why we trust in vaccines, “said Dr. Ruiz.
SIVA data show that only during the previous week, the application of 381,100 doses of the vaccine against covid19. With this, the country registers the application of a total of 3,193,895 doses of the biological, of these 2,352,430 correspond to people who have already received their first dose of the vaccine, which allows them to start the development of defenses against COVID-19. 19. While 841 465 people already have the two doses; that is, they have their complete immunization schedule.
The records show that 1,450,987 doses of the vaccine against covid-19 have been administered in the population aged 58 and over. Of these, 739,245 correspond to first doses (90% of the target population) and 711,742 to second doses (87% of the defined target population).
In this vaccination group, as defined by the CNVE, the placement of the second dose is maintained at 21 days after the placement of the first.
In the 40 to 57-year-old group, 803,527 doses were applied, of which 745,103 correspond to first doses and 58,424 to second.
In the group of people between 20 and 39 years old, 767 230 doses have been applied: 696 956 first doses and 70 274 second ones.
While 172,151 doses have been applied in the group between 12 and 19 years old, of these 171 126 correspond to first doses and 1,025 to second ones.
In these three groups, the application of the second dose has a distance of twelve weeks after the first dose is applied, only in pregnant women the distance between doses is 21 days.
The doctor recalled that in the case of people between 12 and 29 years old, those who have a condition that may constitute a risk to their health in case of contracting covid-19 are being vaccinated, as well as some people in this group such as part of the contingency plans that each establishment defines and that allow the maximum use of available vaccine doses.
On the other hand, the manager insisted on the need for the population to attend their appointment for the placement of the second dose on time, since both the vaccine scheme developed by Pfizer-BioNTech and that of Oxford-AstraZeneca require the application of two doses to achieve maximum individual immunization and effectively reduce the risk of severe complications from covid-19 and the risk of death from this disease.
CCSS authorities ask the population to maintain preventive measures against covid-19: frequent hand washing with soap and water, physical distancing and use of a mask, even if they are already vaccinated.