The Dominican government received 2 million Sinovac/Coronavac Covid-19 vaccine doses and 5 million syringes on 5 May 2021. The vaccines cost US$37,240,000. Vice President Raquel Peña explains the dose of the vaccine cost US$18.62 and have a transportation cost of US$0.63 each.
Vice President Raquel Peña and Public Health Minister Daniel Rivera were at the Las Americas International Airport to receive the shipment that arrived on board a TUIfly flight from Brussels, Belgium.
People’s Republic of China ambassador Zhang Run received the plane for the Chinese government.
The Dominican Republic has so far received 4,459,200 doses of vaccines, of which 4,318,000 have arrived from China through two companies, Sinovac and Sinopharm, representing 96%. From India, the Dominican Republic has received 50,000 Covishield (AstraZeneca vaccines) and 91,200 Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccines through the WHO/Covax Facility.
The country is in Phase II of the National Vaccination Plan, with persons 50+ invited to get inoculated. The Ministry of Public Health is vaccinating all persons involved in the health care services, tourism industry, passenger transport and education services to get vaccinated, regardless of their age.
The government advanced that as of next week the vaccination plan would open to Phase III when all those 18+ can be vaccinated. Public Health Minister Daniel Rivera has hopes the country will reach herd immunity levels in August.
Vice President Raquel Peña invites legal foreign residents in the Dominican Republic to get vaccinated.
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6 May 2021