COAMO – The mayor of Coamo, Juan Carlos García Padilla, requested 2,000 doses of vaccines from the Health Department on Wednesday given the rebound in confirmed cases of COVID-19 and the number of new hospitalizations on the island.
He mentioned that this situation caused additional measures to those already established in the Autonomous Municipality of Coamo where a three-day vaccination activity is carried out at the city’s Convention Center in which 1,400 people had their second dose and 600 received your first inoculation.
“We are requesting from the Secretary of the Department of Health a massive vaccination of 2,000 additional Johnson & Johnson doses to advance herd immunity in our town. We will step up the testing and tracing process. We have a rebound of 44 cases in Coamo. We will visit people who are not yet vaccinated. We will spare no effort. We are hiring additional personnel to reinforce the service we are offering ”, the mayor highlighted in written communication.
García Padilla emphasized that the young population, which until recently was mostly asymptomatic, today is requiring hospitalization. Which indicates that the variants of COVID 19 that have been discovered on the island are even more contagious and strong.
For his part, Manuel David Laboy Meléndez, the city’s epidemiologist, pointed out that of the 44,000 residents of Coamo, only 10 percent are immunized, which is why an increase in vaccination is imperative.
“We will continue to bring informational material to citizens from home to home, listen to their desire to get vaccinated, guarantee access to vaccination centers, transportation, among other important aspects. We have conducted more than 1,000 tests at six fairs in different communities during the month of March. We will put into practice the initiatives mentioned by the mayor and by the end of 2021 or early 2022 we could have the collective herd immunity that we are looking for, ”said Laboy Meléndez.
He emphasized that the house-to-house census is one of the most important tools. The visits will also be made in the evening hours to serve the population that works during the day.