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Puerto Rico To Administer COVID-19 Vaccinations In Mid-December

Health care workers, teachers and certain public sector employees are among those who will take priority, officials said.

“This will be the best gift we can receive,” said Health Secretary Lorenzo González.

Puerto Rico requested one million vaccines, but not all are expected to arrive at once, said José Reyes, adjutant general of the Puerto Rico National Guard, which will help distribute them.

Many have worried how a U.S. commonwealth that struggles with daily power outages will store vaccines that require extremely cold temperatures, but Reyes said they have three containers available that will provide the proper temperature.

The island of 3.2 million people has reported more than 47,000 confirmed cases, more than 39,000 probable ones and more than 1,000 deaths.

González said a record 17 people died on Nov. 17, the highest daily death load since the pandemic began. In addition, some 600 confirmed cases are being reported daily, he said.

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