• The Star Staff

COVID-19 vaccine could roll out in Puerto Rico before the end of the year

By John McPhaul


Puerto Rico National Guard Adj. Gen. José Reyes said Wednesday that if everything goes well in the development of the vaccine to prevent COVID-19, the first stage of vaccination could begin before the end of the year.

“In the case of us in the Department of Defense, we have the logistics part, everything that [involves] the inventory, transportation of that vaccine,” Reyes said in an interview on “Pegaos en la Mañana” on Radio Isla 1320 AM. “Pfizer is already in phase 3; it is the last phase of the clinical study.”

“Currently Pfizer is conducting this clinical study with about 42,000 people, of which 35,000 in mid-September were given the second vaccination dose,” he said. “That vaccine that is being developed takes two doses. The first and the second within that first month.”

“A decision also made by the federal government was to give Pfizer the green light in the production of this vaccine,” Reyes added. “We are talking about this first phase of about 100 million vaccines” with an investment of $12 billion.

The U.S. Army major general noted that if everything goes well in the development of the vaccine, then before the end of the year “the distribution of these 100 million [doses] through 54 states and territories can begin.”

Reyes said that in the first distribution phase, Puerto Rico would receive close to a million doses of the vaccine. The vaccination process would begin in December.