San Juan – As of Thursday, people over 60 with chronic diseases may be vaccinated in an orderly process, this as part of the new Administrative Order 2021-486 signed by the Secretary of the Department of Health, Carlos Mellado López.
Administrative Order 2021-486 will be extended for a period of 30 days and has the objective of prioritizing that vaccines be administered to the most vulnerable population.
“We have managed to vaccinate 25 percent of the island’s older adults and we are going to continue our mission to get every person in Puerto Rico vaccinated. However, with the arrival of more vaccines, it is important to begin integrating other populations in an orderly process. Therefore, starting next week, the priority for those who are 60 to 64 years old and who suffer from chronic diseases receive the vaccine. It is important to emphasize that the amount of vaccines we receive, despite having increased, does not allow us to vaccinate everyone at the same time as we would like, we are going little by little, ”Mellado López explained in written statements.
According to the conditions identified by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC, for its acronym in English) these diseases are: cancer, chronic kidney disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (emphysema, pulmonary fibrosis or alpha1antitrispine deficiency), syndrome of Down, heart disease (heart failure, coronary artery disease or cardiomyopasty), and immunocompromised status (weakened immune system) as a result of an organ transplant.
These guidelines are for all established vaccination centers, excluding those dedicated to vaccinating education system personnel.
The Secretary of Health emphasized that the new population to be vaccinated must present a medical referral, which, in effect, certifies the patient’s condition and that these are among those exposed in the OA.
“At the moment the instructions remain the same, we continue to exclusively vaccinate adults over 65 years of age in all centers that receive vaccines, without exceptions,” he said.
This Administrative Order orders the DS inspectors to supervise all vaccination centers to examine their compliance, highlighting that the vaccination phases adopted by the Department will be strictly continued. It is worth noting that the vaccination of adults over 65 years of age or older continues its course, as stipulated in the Administrative Order.