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Puerto Rico verges on 80% vaccination rate

Puerto Rico Health Secretary Carlos Mellado López

By John McPhaul

Island Health Secretary Carlos Mellado López announced late last week that 87.8 percent of the eligible population had been vaccinated with at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, while 79.5 percent had already completed the doses.

“The vaccination process in Puerto Rico has been favorable; we continue in second place with the highest number of vaccinated people,” the Health secretary said in a written statement. “This has a positive impact on the reduction of infections, complications, hospitalizations and deaths. It is important to continue impacting all communities. The goal continues to be to vaccinate more people, look for people in every corner and eliminate obstacles that citizens may present by taking the vaccine so that everyone can be immunized.”

Mellado López also noted that over the weekend vaccination events were held in the municipalities of Cabo Rojo and Guánica. Vaccinations were administered in Boquerón in the town of Cabo Rojo on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Boquerón Pride stop, LGBTTIQ ± Festival. Meanwhile, four communities in the municipality of Guánica were impacted simultaneously on Saturday: La Joya in Santa Rita, Playa Santa, Magueyes and El Pueblo.

First and second doses, and a third booster dose, were administered at the immunization events.

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