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The vaccines keep coming: New shipment of Pfizer

Overall, about 49% of the Dominican population has at least a first dose of Covid-19. The mass vaccination campaign underway in the Dominican Republic places the country in the top 10 countries in the Americas in number of vaccine doses applied. The Pan American Health Organization lists the Dominican Republic 9th in the Americas in total doses of Covid-19 vaccine administered.

The list of top 10 countries in numbers of vaccinated population in the Americas is:
United States (pop 331 million)
Brazil (pop 213 million)
Mexico (pop 126 million)
Canada (pop 38 million)
Argentina (pop 46 million)
Chile (pop 20 million)
Peru (pop 33 million)
Dominican Republic (pop 11 million)
Ecuador (pop 18 million)
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On Wednesday, 21 July 2021, a batch of 163,200 vials arrived to Las Americas International Airport.

On Friday, 16 July, a batch of 149,760 vials of Pfizer vaccines arrived at Las Americas International Airport.

As of 21 July 2021, the Dominican Republic has received 15,934,960,760 vaccine doses. Of the total, around 87% have come from China – 13,768,000 Sinovac and 50,000 Sinopharm vaccines (13,818,000). Pfizer has delivered 1,153,360 vaccine doses or 7.3%. Of the AstraZeneca vaccine, the delivered 721,200 doses represent 4.5% of the total.

Free vaccines are available at more than 1,000 vaccination centers nationwide. The Pfizer vaccine is available at major vaccination sites at request for those 12+. The Pfizer vaccine is also available as a booster shot for those who have received the two Sinovac or AstraZeneca vaccines.

The Dominican government began to vaccinate for the Covid-19 virus on 16 February 2021. The first phase of vaccinations covered the around 12,000 front-line staff at clinics and hospitals that see Covid-19 patients. Two first batches of 20,000 and 30,000 doses of Covishield arrived from the India Oxford-AstraZeneca manufacturing plant since 15 February 2021.

The next shipment was one of 768,000 doses of Sinovac/Coronavac vaccine that arrived on 23 February 2021 from China for the continuation of the National Vaccination Plan.

The government received a 1 million batch of Sinovac/Coronavac vaccines on 17 March 2021 that are primarily being used for second doses. An additional 50,000 Sinopharm vaccines from China were received in the same shipment of 17 March and were used to primarily vaccinate military and police forces.

An additional batch of 500,000 Sinovac/Coronavac from China arrived on 21 April 2021.
A 2 million batch of Sinovac/Coronavac vaccines from China was received on 5 May 2021.

On 25 May 2021, a shipment arrived from China with another 1 million vials of Sinovac/Coronavac vaccines and syringes.

A 1 million batch of Sinovac/Coronavac vaccines from China arrived on 3 June 2021.

A first batch of 228,150 Pfizer vaccines arrived from the United States on 11 June 2021. The government is giving priority to children 12-17 years for these vaccines. They are also available for first dose vaccines at a select vaccination sites in Greater Santo Domingo and Santiago, the country’s two main metropolitan areas.

A 1.5 million batch of Sinovac/Coronavac vaccines from China arrived on 16 June 2021.

On 18 June 2021, the second shipment of Pfizer vaccines arrived to Santo Domingo, a batch of 208,260 doses.

On 22 June 2021, a shipment of 3 million Sinovac/Coronavac vaccines arrived from China via Brussels, for the continuing of the vaccination program.

On 24 June 2021, a shipment of 472,000 Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccines arrived.

On 25 June 2021, a batch of 208,000 Pfizer vaccine doses arrived.

On Friday, 2 July 2021, a batch of 209,430 Pfizer vaccine doses arrived, bringing the total of Pfizer vaccines to 853,840.

On Friday, 9 July 2021, a batch of 149,760 of Pfizer vaccine doses arrived.

On Friday, 9 July 2021, a batch of 3 million Sinovac doses arrived, bringing the total of Sinovac to 13,768,000 vaccine vials.

The batch of 149,760 Pfizer vials that arrived on 16 July 2021, brings the number of Pfizer vaccines to 1,153,360.

A batch of 445,770 Pfizer vaccines arrived on Friday, 21 July 2021, bringing the total number of Pfizer vaccines to 1,599,130.

The Dominican government has contracted for millions of vaccines with Pfizer-BioNTech, the UK manufacturers of Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine, and others, directly and through the World Health Organization-Covax Facility. The first vaccines of the Covax Facility were received on 6 April, some 91,200 vials of Oxford/AstraZeneca. A second batch of Covax Facility vaccines arrived on 14 May 2021, with 187,200 vials of Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccines. A third batch of 472,000 vials of this vaccine arrived on 24 June 2021.

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19 July 2021