After the handover, Puerto Rico Salud continued monitoring COVID-19 patients and offering primary care services in some of the areas previously covered by MSF. In January, they started providing COVID-19 vaccinations. “We have seen that many people face barriers in accessing COVID-19 vaccinations because they lack transportation, live in remote areas, or have conditions that make it difficult to reach a vaccination site,” said Carla Sofia Gonzalez, a nurse with Puerto Rico Salud. “Now that vaccines are available, we are showing that it is possible to go into communities and ensure that people are not left out because of their circumstances.”
With support from MSF, Puerto Rico Salud was able to expand the vaccination campaign starting in April. The Department of Health is providing the doses, and the Colegio de Profesionales de Enfermería de Puerto Rico is aiding in the safe storage of the vaccines.