The Puerto Rico National Guard (GNPR) would begin the vaccination of teachers and non-teaching personnel of the Department of Education (DE) against Covid-19 in just over a week and in alliance with some municipalities on the island, reported the assistant General José Reyes.
Reyes would meet today with the Federation of Mayors in search of alternatives and support to start vaccinating all DE staff, and tomorrow with the Association of Mayors. It was Governor Pedro Pierluisi who gave instructions to begin vaccinating the educational agency staff with the intention of resuming face-to-face classes.
“In effect, we met with the designated secretary and we are working on a plan to open a vaccination center in each of the seven regions of the Department of Education. Today at 10:00 am we will meet with the Federation of Mayors and tomorrow with the Association of Mayors, ”said the military man during the inauguration of three other vaccination centers for health professionals in the municipalities of Bayamón, Ponce and Mayagüez.
The meeting with the mayors will be crucial to be able to start with the vaccination in the ED and the teaching and non-teaching staff of private schools. This as part of the beginning of the vaccination sub-phase 1b, which groups together first-line responders and people 65 years of age or older who do not live in a congregated environment such as nursing homes or centers for the elderly.
“What we are looking for are seven municipalities within these regions that support us and join forces with the DE to begin vaccinating them on January 18,” he said. In today’s meeting the staff of the Department of Health also participates.
Meanwhile, today the GNPR opened three vaccination centers in Puerto Rico and particularly in the Rubén Rodríguez Coliseum, in Bayamón, for health professionals. The atmosphere looked calm and there was no high volume of people as it happened in the beginning at the Pedrín Zorrilla Coliseum in San Juan.
“They (people) are starting to move. Today we open Mayagüez, Bayamón and Ponce. We invite all health professionals to come here and especially to the neighboring towns of Bayamón, which are Naranjito and Cataño. We will be operating from Monday to Saturday from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm ”, stated Reyes.
The fifth vaccination center is located at the Centro de Bellas Artes in Caguas. The five vaccination centers of the GNPR regularly have a capacity to serve 600 people daily, although in the case of Pedrín Zorrilla, he indicated that they vaccinate about 800.
“Already this week the second vaccine arrived for the 65 main hospitals in Puerto Rico and we are already entering that process where in some places it is the first vaccine and in others the second vaccine,” he said.
In Vieques and Culebra, vaccination would begin from next Monday until January 16.