Costa Rica’s Vaccine Priority List

Unlike rich countries with unlimited resources to buy vaccine as fast as the rich pharmaceuticals can make them, our government is buying about 200,000 shots at a time with the following priority list of who gets their shot when through public clinics.

Costa Rica’s Vaccine Priority List:

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,

~Tico Times

For full article on vaccines here, go to Tico Times.

As an 80-year-old legal resident, I’ve had my first shot and scheduled for the second shot this coming Thursday if I can balance with a radiation treatment and the Ophthalmologist removing stitches from my eyelid the same day. (when it rains it pours!) 🙂

And for those planning to visit Costa Rica, here’s the updated Covid Requirements for April 2021. Also in Tico Times.

¡Pura Vida!

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