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Vaccination event in Coamo includes $100 incentive


By John McPhaul

jpmcphaul@gmail.com


Island Health Department personnel went to Coamo on Wednesday with an incentive offer of $100 to anyone receiving the first or second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.


“We must bring health and continue to encourage more people to get vaccinated in all municipalities,” Health Secretary Carlos Mellado López said Wednesday morning. “We need greater vaccination coverage against the coronavirus so that we can control the pandemic. We will continue working until we achieve it. We appreciate all the efforts that seek to achieve the highest coverage in our population.”


Currently, 77% of the eligible population in the southern municipality is vaccinated.


The incentive was part of the $10 million designated by Gov. Pedro Pierluisi Urrutia to promote vaccination in Puerto Rico, through the American Rescue Plan Act. The vaccines available were from Pfizer and Moderna, with both first and second doses being administered.

The event was to take place in Coamo’s public square from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.,and was to also include vaccination against influenza, and antigen tests for the coronavirus.


Health Department staff were also prepared to provide services and certifications from the Vital Statistics office, and handle eligibility requests for the government health plan and the federal Supplemental Food Program for Women, Infants and Children, or WIC.


As of press time Wednesday, information was unavailable as to how many people took advantage of the vaccination incentive.

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