Reyes: 85% of PR population should be vaccinated by September

By John McPhaul

Puerto Rico National Guard Adj. Gen. José Reyes said late last week that by the end of the summer, 85% of the population of Puerto Rico should be vaccinated against COVID-19.

“For November some statistics were made and there was no positive environment for vaccination,” Reyes said Friday in response to questions from the press. “Today we see an environment conducive to vaccination.”

“About 70,000 doses of Pfizer and Moderna are already arriving. … The number of doses [arriving] is going to increase,” Reyes added. “About 120,000 to 159,000 doses [will be administered weekly]. I hope that in Puerto Rico we will have 80 to 85 percent [of vaccinations] completed before the end of the summer, that is on August 31.”

The adjutant general said that next week, Health Secretary Carlos Mellado will announce the new administrative order related to the vaccination process.

Reyes made his statements at a press conference in which he announced an investment of $36 million for the reconstruction of Hangar 1 at Muñiz Air National Guard Base in Carolina.

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