Costa Rica will begin vaccinating children between the ages of 12 and 17 against COVID-19 starting next Monday, authorities announced this Wednesday.
According to the medical manager of the Costa Rican Social Security Fund (CCSS), Mario Ruiz, It is intended to vaccinate a population of 188,427 adolescents. So far, the only immunized minors are those with risk factors.
“The availability of vaccines allows us to start with this group and brings us closer to protecting the entire vaccinable target population. We have seen the enthusiasm of young people and their parents to receive the vaccine and this is great news for everyone,” he said Ruiz.
Minors will receive the doses of the Pfizer / BioNtech vaccine.
In Costa Rica, a country of five million inhabitants, approximately 6.2 million vaccines have been applied so far, as reported by Casa Presidencial this week.
It is currently the fourth country in Latin America with the highest percentage of the population with at least one dose of the vaccine (70%), behind Chile, Uruguay and Brazil, according to data from the Our World in Data portal. At the end of September, President Carlos Alvarado announced a purchase of 3.5 million doses by 2022, which would be destined for the population of children between 5 and 12 years old and in third booster doses for older adults and health personnel.