Costa Rica on Thursday will receive 482,610 more Covid-19 vaccines that were purchased from pharmaceutical companies, authorities said.
At 4:30 a.m., a batch of 163,200 AstraZeneca doses arrived at Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO). Nearly 320,000 Pfizer/BioNTech doses are scheduled for delivery on Thursday night.
“Each arrival of vaccines, each dose given, gives us more hope. Vaccination accelerates strongly across the country,” said President Carlos Alvarado.
With the two shipments, Costa Rica will surpass 4.1 million vaccine doses imported of the Pfizer and AstraZeneca formulas. The vast majority (3.6 million) came through purchases, with the remaining 500,000 having been donated by the United States.
In total, Costa Rica has purchased more than 9 million doses from Pfizer, AstraZeneca and through the Covax facility.
Costa Rica has administered 3.2 million doses as of Tuesday. All citizens and residents ages 20 and older are eligible for their first dose; teenagers and younger adults with medical conditions that amplifies their Covid-19 risk are also eligible.
Rapid vaccination has become especially important since the more transmissible Delta variant was identified in Costa Rica earlier this week, authorities have said.
Serious side effects associated with Covid vaccines continue to be exceedingly rare.
Who can get vaccinated in Costa Rica?
The following citizens and residents are eligible for a Covid-19 vaccine in Costa Rica:
- Group 1: Staff and residents at retirement or nursing homes. First responders, including health personnel.
- Group 2: Costa Rica’s older population, defined here as those ages 58 and up.
- Group 3: People from 18-58 with risk factors, including hypertension, diabetes, heart disease, respiratory illness, kidney disease and obesity, among others.
- Group 4: Teachers and other staff within the Education Ministry (MEP) or private schools. Imprisoned people and judicial staff. Workers for the 911 service.
- Group 5: People ages 20-57 without any of the aforementioned risk factors. Some locations are vaccinating younger adults and teenagers.
Individuals should bring their identification document (cedula or DIMEX). The vaccine is free, even for those who don’t pay into the Caja. Doses are not available to tourists at this time.
Where to get vaccinated in Costa Rica
Each of Costa Rica’s hundreds of public clinics (EBAIS) manages vaccines within its area. Individuals who are eligible for a vaccine can contact their local EBAIS to schedule their first dose.
- For EBAIS contact information, click here and follow the link to “Contacto.”
However, through at least July 25, dozens of locations across Costa Rica will vaccinate eligible people, no appointment necessary.
- For a full list of these mass vaccination sites across Costa Rica, click here. (Link downloads as a .zip file.)
Costa Rica requires that people receive their second vaccine dose at the same location as their first. Pfizer doses have a 12-week interval in Costa Rica.
Official Costa Rica Covid sources
Here at The Tico Times, we do our best to share the most relevant coronavirus information in a clear and concise manner.
As you’re navigating the pandemic and the associated ever-changing rules, here are the official sources for Covid-19 information in Costa Rica:
- For driving and business restrictions
- For daily coronavirus case/hospitalization/death counts
- For tourist entry requirements
- For vaccine eligibility by location
- For vaccine shipments
Costa Rica’s official language is Spanish, so all of the above sources will be in that language. Of course, we at The Tico Times will continue to provide timely, accurate information as it develops.
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