THE CAPITOL – Representatives Juan José Santiago, Sol Higgins and Jesús Manuel Ortiz urged the Government of Puerto Rico on Friday to, subject to available resources, increase vaccination shifts on the Island as a measure to stop the increase in infections by COVID-19 on the island.
“Extending the vaccination time will allow us to reduce the risk of a potential crisis in the rise of COVID-19 cases. With this we seek to get closer to herd immunity in our alternative society that would help us save lives. The process can be a temporary one, based on the vaccines and available human resources, and directed so that during an established period the vaccination in the regional centers and pharmacies is 24 hours, creating 3 shifts of 8 hours so that all people can go to get vaccinated without problems of crowding, long lines and waiting, ”said Santiago Nieves in a written communication.
For her part, the president of the Chamber’s Health Commission, Sol Higgings stated that “at the beginning of the vaccination, General Reyes had stated that the National Guard was ready to begin vaccinating 24 hours a day, seven weekdays. It is not reasonable that at this time, when the Governor has already authorized the inoculation of the entire population 16 years and older, we continue with schedules from 8 in the morning to 5 in the afternoon to vaccinate. If the reason is not a shortage of vaccines, this government action greatly limits the amount of vaccinated who can receive them daily ”.
“The situation that Puerto Rico is going through with the coronavirus cases requires more forceful actions than those that the government has been executing. One of the necessary measures is the intensification of the vaccination process. This is not the time for restricted operations, we have to make the most of the resources we have to extend the hours and vaccinate all the people for whom we have vaccines available. For this reason we understand that the government must, in addition to controlling scenarios where contagion is more likely, promote an extended vaccination schedule and thus give access to vaccines to a larger portion of the population “, said the Representative for Accumulation, Jesús Manuel Ortíz.
To conclude, the representatives urged citizens to continue with security measures to avoid contagion since only in this way, the increase of the virus in the population can be stopped.