11,700 vaccines against covid-19 are entering Costa Rica this week, on top of the 9,750 doses that arrived on December 23rd. The vaccination is made by the pharmaceutical company Pfizer and the company BioNTech.
The vaccines against SARS-CoV-2 (covid-19) will be given out in a priority based order, keeping in mind that certain populations are more likely to be exposed and then expose others and that other populations are more susceptible to complications if they were to get covid.
The first doses have already been given out, and just in time for Christmas. The priority 1 group includes healthcare workers, because of their increased chance of exposure, and seniors who reside in long-term care facilities, because of their increased chances of both contracting the virus and having life-threatening complications arise from it.
The vaccine is a bit complicated to prepare because it must be defrosted, diluted in a serum solution, and inverted various times without being shaken. Each vial must be split into five individual doses.
Those being vaccinated must sign a consent form and are asked to report any adverse effects. They are given a vaccination card which indicates the date when they must receive the second dose.