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The COVID-19 vaccination process in Puerto Rico is plagued by gaps


#As of #Tuesday, #January 5, the administration of the second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine will begin in #Puerto #Rico for health workers who received the #Pfizer dose in the week that began on #December 14.

#And, in the face of the tumult of people who, in the past days, have conglomerated on the grounds of the #Pedrín #Zorrilla coliseito, in #San #Juan – taking turns even the night before – many fear that the same experience will be repeated when the time comes to apply the second dose.

#Two weeks after the arrival of this vaccine in #Puerto #Rico, there are still gaps to be addressed in this process. The #Health #Department ensures that its responsibility is limited to the request, receipt and distribution of the product, and that each facility that manages it will ensure its application.

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#Next week, professionals who work in hospital institutions will begin the second phase of vaccination, and those who have been vaccinated in the regional center of #San #Juan would have it in mid-January.

“#Each facility does its logistics,” stressed yesterday the #Undersecretary of #Health, #Iris #Cardona.

The #National #Guard, in charge of the establishment and operation of the regional vaccination centers, has not even been able to coordinate a system of appointments for the administration of the vaccine, as it had promised a few days ago to avoid the long lines that have formed in the coliseito #Pedrín #Zorrilla.

“#Not yet (it will be by appointment),” said #Luis #Orengo, from the #Public #Affairs #Office of the #National #Guard, who assured that a system of prior appointments is being coordinated with the #College of #Surgeons.

#Today, #Wednesday, the second regional vaccination center of the #National #Guard opens its doors, in the #Centro de #Bellas #Artes de #Caguas, and will serve health professionals from that region who meet there in order of arrival, as in the #Pedrín #Zorrilla, between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm

The goal of the #National #Guard is to open 11 vaccination centers in total by mid-January. The next ones will be in #Ponce, #Arecibo, #Mayagüez, #Humacao, #Fajardo, #Aguadilla, #Bayamón, #Barranquitas and #Guayama. #According to the military body, as of yesterday, about 4,400 health professionals had been vaccinated in the regional center of #San #Juan.

#Cardona commented that the conglomerate of health workers who have made long lines at #Pedrín #Zorrilla in their eagerness to be vaccinated must decrease with the availability of the vaccine in more places. The #Undersecretary of #Health said that, starting this week, vaccines will be available in multiple health facilities, such as hospitals, primary health centers, diagnosis and treatment centers and primary medical groups.

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“The problem was rather one of access,” said #Cardona, who also regretted how in the first days of the opening of the center in #Pedrín #Zorrilla many requested to be vaccinated, when it was not their turn at this stage of the process. #This phase is exclusively for healthcare workers.

#Cardona also recalled that initially about 100,000 vaccines were expected to arrive, and 30,000 were received.

#Phase 1-A also covers residents and employees of long-term care homes and centers for intellectual disabilities, who are expected to begin getting vaccinated starting next week.

#According to #Cardona, more than 35,000 people have already been vaccinated against COVID-19 on the island. #As of yesterday, he said, 11 adverse events had been reported, four of which required medical attention, though none were serious.

“#Guaranteed” dose

#Regarding the second dose, the official commented that it is “guaranteed” for everyone who has already received the first. These people, he said, must go to the same place where they were vaccinated. The second dose of those who received the #Pfizer vaccine begins on #January 5, while the second of #Moderna is from #January 19.

“Although (the second dose) is supposed to be given from 21 days (#Pfizer days) and 28 days (#Moderna), there is a grace period of a few days before or after, although the recommendation is that the person do it as soon as possible (to the designated date) ”, he said.

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The official acknowledged that the process runs in a more orderly manner due to appointments and previous shifts, as in hospitals.

“I think we are beginning to understand the process. #We did not think that everyone would come to get vaccinated, ”he said.

#Phase 1-A is expected to last four to six weeks and #Phase 1-B, for non-congregated seniors and certain frontline workers, eight to 10 weeks.

“The logistics have not been the best. There was technology to do it in an orderly way, that they go (get vaccinated) with a number now, ”said #Dr. #Jorge #Santana.

The infectologist, who was vaccinated in a structured process for employees of the #Medical #Center, regretted that health professionals and workers in this industry have had to stand in long lines outside #Pedrín #Zorrilla seeking to be vaccinated.

#Although he commented that he hopes that with the opening of other vaccination centers the process will run more smoothly, he pointed out that there are many left to be vaccinated to achieve the desired 70% coverage. #This equates to 1,890,000 people, considering that the vaccine is licensed for people 16 years of age and older.

The president of the #College of #Surgeons, Víctor #Ramos, agreed with #Cardona that the process should run more easily and with more places vaccinating. The #College, he said, will vaccinate today, #Wednesday, at the #Mario #Quijote #Morales #Coliseum, in #Guaynabo, doctors, nurses, pharmacists, medical technologists, paramedics and respiratory therapists. #It will also vaccinate on #Saturday, in #Cabo #Rojo and #Barceloneta, health professionals and office personnel, while on #Sunday it will do so in #Aibonito and #Patillas.

“#While there are more vaccinations, there will be less ‘issues’,” he concluded, commenting that he works, with the #National #Guard, on a platform for appointments for regional vaccination centers.



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