DR Government close vaccination centers as Covid cases fall
Santo Domingo.- The low turnout at the different vaccination posts in recent weeks, added to the low hospital occupancy in Covid areas, the low number of new registered cases and the elimination of restrictions such as the mandatory use of masks and presentation of the vaccination card, have motivated the Health authorities to begin the closure of several inoculation centers.
A clear example is that, during the week of January 17 to 23, according to the VacúnateRD via Instagram, the eight health areas that make up Greater Santo Domingo had 128 vaccination centers available. In this Monday’s update, from March 7 to 13, only 105 positions are listed in operation.
At the height of the pandemic, up to 1,400 positions were enabled throughout the country.
Dominican Gov. halts vaccination as Covid cases plunge Dominican Today
When COVID-19 vaccines were first authorized in late 2020, the public wasn’t informed that the touted effectiveness might decline, a top U.S. health official said on March 3.
Dr Rochelle Walensky, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, recalled watching coverage of clinical trial results that indicated the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine was 95 percent effective.
“So many of us wanted to be helpful. So many of us wanted to say, ‘Okay, this is our ticket out, right, ‘now we’re done.’ So I think we have perhaps too little caution and too much optimism for some good things that came our way. I really do. I think all of us wanted this to be done,” Walensky said.
“Nobody said ‘waning’; ‘Oh this vaccine is going to work, oh well, maybe it’ll wear off.’ Nobody said, ‘Well, what if the next variant, it’s not as [effective] against the next variant,” she added. Read more.