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LIVE: Health offers an update on Covid-19 in Puerto Rico | government

Dr. Iris Cardona, undersecretary of the Department of Health, reported that 96% of the 29,775 Pfizer / BioNTech vaccines against coronavirus (Covid-19) distributed in the country’s hospitals have been administered as of Friday night.

Salud received 30,225 doses of the Pfizer vaccine in the first shipment that arrived on the island on December 14. Of these, 450 doses remain to be distributed that arrived without the necessary diluent to administer it.

Of the 47,500 doses of Moderna’s vaccine received this week, Cardona said about 20,000 arrived without the supplies needed to administer them. The material arrived on the island today, the doctor said.

Half of this first shipment of Moderna vaccines will be used to immunize health professionals who do not work in hospitals. This process started today at the first regional vaccination center, which opened in the Pedrín Zorrilla Coliseum in San Juan.

Cardona explained that the number of health professionals who must be vaccinated amounts to over 40,000. This number rises to 130,000 when professionals who do not work in hospitals are added (Clinicas 330, CDT and IPA groups).

He reiterated that in the next four to six weeks Puerto Rico will receive 21,400 doses a week from Pfizer and 21,000 doses from Moderna. Of the latter, half —11,000 doses— will go to the vaccination process in long-term care homes.

“We must remember that, although we have spoken of a limited supply of the vaccine, this should not be interpreted as that the vaccine is going to end,” said Cardona. “The call is (that) there is a vaccine for everyone.”

Phase 1A is expected to be completed between January and February. Cardona explained that at some point in January the vaccination of essential personnel included in Phase 1B will begin. This sub-phase will include the opening of other vaccination centers and the administration of the vaccine in other medical facilities.

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