Puerto Rico Will Start COVID-19 Vaccinations in Mid-December

The Puerto Rican government announced on Sunday that the Caribbean island expects to receive its first COVID-19 vaccines by mid-December as the US territory hits a record number of daily cases and hospitalizations.

The Puerto Rican government announced on Sunday that the Caribbean island expects to receive its first COVID-19 vaccines by mid-December as the US territory hits a record number of daily cases and hospitalizations.

During a press conference in San Juan, Puerto Rico’s Health Secretary Lorenzo Gonzalez said that teachers, heath care workers and certain public sector employees are among those who will take priority.

“This will be the best gift we can receive. This is the light at the end of the tunnel, and we can finally say we will awake from this nightmare,” González told local reporters.

The adjutant general of the Puerto Rico National Guard Jose Reyes said in a statement that the Puerto Rican government requested 1 million vaccines, but not all are expected to arrive at once. He also said he will help distribute them.

He also pointed out that while many have worried how a U.S. territory that struggles with daily power outages will store vaccines that require extremely cold temperatures, they have three containers available that will provide the proper temperature.


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