Costa Rica received a shipment of 117,000 Pfizer/BioNTech coronavirus vaccines on Tuesday night and has been delivered 1.25 million total doses from that pharmaceutical and the Covax mechanism.
In April alone, Costa Rica has gotten 507,690 doses, more than any previous month.
As of Tuesday’s update, Costa Rica has administered 818,884 vaccine injections nationwide. This represents 15.86 jabs per 100 residents.
“The Government of the Republic insists on the importance of applying all the recommended sanitary measures to avoid the contagion of SARS-CoV-2, especially at a time when Costa Rica presents not only the most accelerated increase in cases of the entire pandemic, but also a saturation of intensive care units (ICU) in the country’s hospitals,” the Presidency said in a statement.
Costa Rica’s vaccine priority is as follows:
- First group: Staff and residents at retirement or nursing homes.First responders, including health personnel.
- Second group: Costa Rica’s older population, defined here as those ages 58 and up. According to the Presidency, this group will be required to demonstrate residency with a cédula or DIMEX.
- Third group: People from 18-58 with risk factors, including hypertension, diabetes, heart disease, respiratory illness, kidney disease and obesity, among others.
- Fourth group: Teachers and other staff within the Education Ministry (MEP) or private schools. Imprisoned people and judicial staff. Workers for the 911 service.
- Fifth group: Health science students and related technicians in clinical fields. People ages 40-57 without any of the aforementioned risk factors but whose work puts them in contact with others. Then, all remaining adults.
Costa Rica is currently vaccinating Groups 1 and 2 in the above list. Vaccines are free through the Social Security System and are not available for private purchase,
Vaccinations are administered at EBAIS, which are the public-health clinics that comprise part of Costa Rica’s national healthcare system.
Each individual EBAIS manages a list of people who live in their jurisdiction. This list is used to identify priority individuals and to schedule their vaccine appointments.
If you are in one of the priority groups, you should contact your local EBAIS, make sure they have your contact information, and confirm you’re on their list.
The “Grupos de vacunación por Áreas de Salud y Contacto” section lists all of the hundreds of EBAIS across Costa Rica and shows which populations they are currently vaccinating (e.g. between 70 and 80 years old, between 58 and 64 years old, etc.).
Further down the page, the “Información de Contacto” section lists the appropriate contact information (phone number and email address) for each EBAIS.
To track vaccine shipments, click here.