The National Guard will open the first of three regional vaccination centers tomorrow

The National Guard of Puerto Rico A regional vaccination center will operate from tomorrow, Wednesday, at the Pedrín Zorrilla Coliseum in Hato Rey, where phase 1A of vaccination against COVID-19 of health workers and medical personnel who do not work in hospitals.

“Today we are opening the first regional vaccination center in the Pedrín Zorrilla coliseum and in the coming days we will open other centers in Caguas, Arecibo and Ponce. These vaccination centers are intended for health professionals who do not work in hospitals, such as private doctors, dentists, clinical laboratory employees, among others.”, Explained the Adjutant General of Puerto Rico, Major General Jose Reyes, in writing.

As reported by Reyes, the Caguas vaccination center will be located in the Centro de Bellas Artes; in Arecibo it will be located in the Manuel “Petaca” Iguina Coliseum; and in Ponce the Salvador Dijols Coliseum is projected as a vaccination center.

Reyes indicated that the product of the Moderna drug will be used for this vaccination, as well as for the Diagnostic and Treatment Centers (CDT), the 330 Centers, the HIPPA centers and for the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Puerto Rico.

Based on the fact that the flow of the Pfizer vaccine has declined across the United States, we had to adjust our logistics and instead of starting this Wednesday with first responders, we moved on to health workers in these four centers as they are the ones in that first lineReyes indicated.

The distribution and administration of the vaccine is carried out in three stages as determined by the Center for Disease Control due to the availability of initial vaccine doses.

Phase 1A includes hospital staff, healthcare professionals, as well as people who work and live in nursing homes and long-term care facilities. Phase 1B includes first responders such as police, fire brigade, emergency response, medical emergencies and disaster relief.

Phase 1C includes people with chronic illnesses and people who are immunocompromised, as well as employees of the Department of Education and essential employees such as Electric Power Authority, Aqueduct and Sewer Authority personnel and pharmacists.

On Monday, the National Guard of Puerto Rico received 47,500 doses of Moderna’s vaccine, 20,000 of which are available to start the vaccination at the Pedrín Zorrilla vaccination center and other regional vaccination centers.