FORT BUCHANAN– The Puerto Rico National Guard (GNPR) will begin Phase 1A of the vaccination process for health professionals who do not work in hospitals on Wednesday, by opening the first regional vaccination center at the Pedrín Zorrilla Coliseum in Hato Rey.
“Today we open the first regional vaccination center in the Pedrín Zorrilla Coliseum and in the following days we will be opening other centers in Caguas, Arecibo and Ponce. These vaccination centers are aimed at health professionals who do not work in hospitals, such as private doctors, dentists, employees of clinical laboratories, among others ”, explained the Adjutant General of Puerto Rico, Division General Jose Reyes in communication written.
According to Reyes, the Caguas vaccination center will be located in the Fine Arts Center, in Arecibo it will be located in the Manuel “Petaca” Iguina Coliseum, while in Ponce the Salvador Dijols Coliseum is projected as a vaccination center.
The Adjutant General indicated that Modern Pharmaceutical vaccines were used for this vaccination as well as for the Diagnosis and Treatment Centers, 330 Centers, HIPPA centers and for the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Puerto Rico.
“Based on the fact that there has been a decrease in the flow of Pfizer vaccine throughout the United States, we had to adjust our logistics and instead of starting this Wednesday with first responders, we continued with health professionals in these four centers since they are the ones who are in that first line of battle “, indicated Reyes
The distribution and administration of the vaccine is carried out in three phases as established by the Center for Disease Control due to the availability of initial vaccine doses.
Phase 1A includes hospital workers, healthcare professionals, as well as people who work and live in nursing homes and long-term care facilities.
Phase 1B includes first responders such as Police, Fire, 911, Medical Emergencies, and Emergency Management, among others.
Phase 1C includes people with chronic diseases and those who are immunocompromised, as well as employees of the Department of Education and essential workers such as personnel from the Electric Power Authority, the Aqueduct and Sewer Authority, and pharmacists.
On Monday, the Puerto Rico National Guard received 47,500 doses of Moderna’s vaccine, of which 20,000 are available to start vaccination at the vaccination center established in Pedrín Zorrilla and other regional vaccination centers.