Puerto Rico’s Secretary of Health, Carlos Mellado, reported that at least 50% of Puerto Ricans over 40 years of age have received a dose of the COVID vaccine.
As of last Tuesday, 1,423,251 people have been immunized with a dose of one of the three vaccines provided in Puerto Rico, where 3.1 million people reside.
The PREIS Vaccination System -on the Department of Healthcare’s website– also states that 2,522,051 doses have been administered on the island.
“Certainly, we are in a better position in vaccinating those over 60 years of age as a result of having prioritized vaccination early in the process.”
He also assured that the focus on older adults was key to avoid many deaths; so now the target will be the younger population, “without forgetting those people we have yet to vaccinate.”
Puerto Ricans vaccinated
50.18% of the people between 60 and 69 years of age have received both doses of the vaccine, and 61.69% received at least one dose, 61.69%.
The percentage of fully vaccinated people between 70 and 79 years old is 54.98 %, while 64.52 % received at least one dose, said Mellado.
The Health Minister said that 171,996 people between 30 and 39 years old have at least one dose, which represents 45.9 %. Meanwhile, 127,981 people of that age group completed the vaccine series. Meanwhile, the group of young people between 20 and 29 years of age with at least one dose reached 37.65 % and 28.43 % with the series completed.
The population -over 12 years old up to 19 years old- with at least one dose of the vaccine totals 69,866 which represents 22.24 %.
“There are always many areas where we can improve, but what is certain is that in the vaccination process we have put our heart and soul to do it well and we have succeeded. The success of the vaccination process can be seen today in the flexibility that we can all enjoy,” said Mellado.
Finally, he expressed confidence that the vaccination process will continue and that with the prevention and protection measures, better control of the disease will be achieved. “We are together in this process and together we are going to get out of this pandemic, of that I have no doubt”, he concluded.