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Increase number of vaccines received while anticipating expanding eligible population

Due to an increase in the doses that the Health Department you will receive the vaccine Johnson & Johnson, Puerto Rico will have available 135,070 vaccines against Covid-19 for each of the next two weeks, an increase of just over 22,000 from the 113,000 that were allocated this week.

In this context, the designated secretary of the Department of Health, Carlos Mellado, He anticipated that he will soon announce another expansion of the population eligible to receive the vaccine. At the moment, the country is in the subfase 1-C, only the subfase 2, which includes the entire population aged 16 or over.

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Johnson & Johnson’s allocation, which only requires one dose, will rise to 51,400 vaccines next week, after 20,300 were received this week.

Johnson & Johnson’s shipment will compensate for a reduction in the first few doses of Pfizer, of which 47,970 vaccines will be received, contrary to the 58,500 that arrived for this week. In the case of the vaccine Modern, the island will receive 35,700 first doses, a slight increase from the 34,200 that arrived this week.

The press office of the Department of Health also indicated that another 47,970 vaccines corresponding to the second dose of Pfizer will arrive in Puerto Rico, as well as 34,200 second doses of the Moderna brand.

The grand total of vaccines received, therefore, will amount to 217,240 vaccines next week, a difference of 23,240 compared to 194,000 this week.

The figures do not include vaccines that the federal government assigns directly to large pharmacy chains or to community pharmacies.

Loss of Johnson & Johnson vaccines

Mellado, however, clarified that, for the last week of April, a reduction in the amount of vaccines received will be observed, as a consequence of the production error in Johnson & Johnson vaccines, which caused the loss of around 15 million dose.

“We are going to have a drop in the vaccine of Janssen (Johnson & Johnson subsidiary that manufactures the antidote), ”said Mellado, without estimating how much the decrease would be in Puerto Rico.

Given the concerns that may arise about the quality of Johnson & Johnson’s product, the Department of Health clarified that the doses that arrive on the island correspond to vaccines produced in the Netherlands, and not in the factory in the state of Maryland where it was detected manufacturing failure.

Regarding the extension of vaccination, Mellado did not specify if, in effect, the process would be completely opened or some kind of subdivision would be implemented within the general population. President Joe Biden It has demanded that, by May 1, the entire adult population can get a turn to be inoculated.

“I’d have to see. I have to sit with (the staff of the Vaccination Program. My projection is to start with the vaccine to the whole world (for May 1) “, said the official to questions from the press.

The Health digital dashboard has registered some 679,420 people who have received at least one dose of the vaccine, of which 381,452 have already completed the cycle. In Puerto Rico, 1,060,872 doses have been administered among all available vaccines.

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