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Significant pandemic milestones:

  • February 21st: Likely transfer of coronavirus from a teacher (who had traveled to Europe)  to Panama's first coronavirus death victim (Norato González); Click Here
  • March 3rd: Resolution passed raising national alert level regarding coronavirus epidemic; Click Here
  • March 8th: First confirmed coronavirus death (Norato González) in Panama; Click Here
  • March 9th: First confirmed case of coronavirus in Panama; not the date of case arrival in Panama, but the date the coroniavirus link was confirmed; Click Here
  • March 12th: President Cortizo declares a a national state of emergency; Click Here
  • March 15th: Certain business hours regulated, elective surgeries and routine medical consults suspended; Click Here
  • March 15th: Several provinces invoke a "dry law" (banning sales of alcoholic beverages) and implementing curfews; Chiriqui Province included; Click Here
  • March 15th: Foreigners banned from entering Panama; Click Here
  • March 17th: Countrywide curfew (9:00PM to 5:00AM) mandated; Click Here
  • March 22nd: All commercial flights into and out of Panama suspended; Click Here
  • March 23rd: Countrywide curfew (5:00PM to 5:00AM) mandated; Click Here
  • March 25th: Countrywide quarantine with restricted mobility mandated; sales of alcoholic beverages banned; Click Here
  • May 11th: Effective date of lifting the ban on the sales of alcoholic beverages; Click Here
  • May 13th: The gradual reopening of certain categories of business; Click Here
  • May 18th: People are authorized to leave their homes to exercise outdoors, but on a short lease; Click Here
  • June 1st: Quarantine lifted, but a 7:00PM to 5:00AM curfew is in effect; Click Here
  • June 3rd: Hardware stores reopen with limited hours; Click Here
  • June 6th and June 8th: Curfew/mobility restrictions elevated for Panama, Panama Oeste, and Veragaus regions; Click Here and Click Here
  • July 25th: Full weekend quarantine (lockdown) re-implemented for Panama; Click Here
  • July 27th: More restrictive mobility constraints including gender restrictions re-implemented, including Chiriqui Province; Click Here and Click Here
  • August 14th: Tocumen International Airport begins to open up to limited flights; Click Here
  • August 17th: Some "Block 3" businesses will be permitted to start operations; Click Here
  • September 14th: Relaxation of mobility constraints for all but three provinces; Chiriqui, Colon, and Bocas del Toro constraints continue; Click Here
  • September 28th: Restaurants and inns reopen providing they follow Minsa guidelines; Click Here
  • October 12th: Cinemas, swimming pools, and casinos allowed to reopen, and borders reopened; Click Here and Click Here
  • October 24th: All quarantines lifted and curfews standardized across the country and relaxed to 11:00PM until 5:00AM; Click Here
  • December 25th: Total lockdown countrywide for Christmas and New Years; Click Here and Click Here
  • January 4th, 2021: Total lockdown countrywide until January 14th, 2021; Click Here
  • March 4th, 2021: Phase 2 of vaccinations against Covid-19 to start; Click Here

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62,859 Pfizer vaccine doses arrive Wednesday


Posted 16/02/2021

Panama will receive the second batch of  62,859 Pfizer vaccines early Wednesday morning. The new doses will continue phase 1-A and start phase 1-B.

Once the drug arrives in the country, it will be transferred to the Expanded Program on Immunization (EPI) , from there the distribution will begin immediately with the objective that on Wednesday morning the vaccines will be available at  vaccination sites .

Eduardo Ortega, director of the National Secretariat for Science, Technology, and Innovation (Senacyt) , explained that phase 1 includes first-line health personnel, people who are in nursing homes, complete the second dose to those who have already been vaccinated, and health personnel who are not first line.

" It is a significant number of people, there are approximately 60,000  people among health personnel, second doses and people over 60 years of age who are at home or nursing homes, " said Ortega

He reiterated that it is important to vaccinate as many people as quickly as possible to reduce cases of serious illness and deaths.



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That is recklessly false.  Right now there are two cruise ships where all passengers are quarantined.  Given how rotovirus spreads in a cruise ship environment, those ships are not a good place to be,

Get used to the weekend lockdowns.  My contact told me before Easter that Panama would be locking down the weekends. THEN, the notices from the US Embassy said, if you go back and read them, satu

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Second dose of covid vaccine available to all


Posted 16/02/2021

Eduardo Ortega, advisor to the Covid-19 Panama Vaccine Research Consortium, reports that the second dose of the vaccine against the coronavirus "will be applied to that the second dose of the vaccine against the coronavirus "will be applied to everyone."

In Panama, only one dose will not be applied, said Ortega, who is also the national secretary of Science, Technology and Innovation.

"We know that maximum efficacy is achieved through the second dose," Ortega stressed, in statements to TVN Noticias .

The second batch of vaccines will arrive in Panama on Wednesday, February 17, and the distribution and application of the vaccines will begin immediately, according to the phases and stages established by the authorities.

Ortega  explained that, although data from Israel indicate that the first dose of the vaccine against Covid-19 provides protection, in "Panama two doses will be applied."



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Covid test positivity falls to 8%

Posted 18/02/2021

The accumulated cases of Covid-19 increased to 334,463 on Thursday, February 18.

In the last 24 hours, 21 deaths occurred and a previous death was updated, bringing the total number of deaths from covid-19  to 5,694, reported the Ministry of Health (Minsa).

The new cases were detected after 8,758 tests were applied, which showed positivity of 8%.

1,446 people are hospitalized, of whom 1,229 are in ward and 217 in intensive care units.



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Posted 18/02/2021

The Ministry of Health (Minsa) reports  that, that the total  weekend quarantine will be maintained in six provinces of the country: Panama, Panama Oeste, Herrera, Coclé, Veraguas and Los Santos.

The national curfew is now from 10:00 pm to 4:00 am.

The reminder came on Wednesday the day that 67,860 doses of the Covid-19 vaccine from the pharmaceutical company Pfizer arrived in the country and the transfer of more than 41,000 vaccines to the provinces of Los Santos, Herrera and Veraguas Chiriquí and Bocas del Toro was resumed.



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Covid test positivity falls to 8%


Posted 18/02/2021

The accumulated cases of Covid-19 increased to 334,463 on Thursday, February 18.

In the last 24 hours, 21 deaths occurred and a previous death was updated, bringing the total number of deaths from covid-19  to 5,694, reported the Ministry of Health (Minsa).

The new cases were detected after 8,758 tests were applied, which showed positivity of 8%.

1,446 people are hospitalized, of whom 1,229 are in ward and 217 in intensive care units.



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Weekend lockdown ends Mar.6,other activities resume Monday


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Posted 19/02/2021

The Minister of Health, Francisco Sucre, announced Friday that as of Saturday, March 6, the total quarantine will end on weekends.

on Monday, February 22, gyms, massage rooms, spas, beauty salons, marinas and sport fishing will be reactivated, taking into account the capacity of the facilities that are going to open.

In the case of gyms the capacity should be 50%, including employees. While the massage, beauty and spa rooms will be able to serve their clients under the same capacity and through appointments.

Sucre said that the decision to advance the reopening of other activities as of Monday and lift the mobility restrictions on weekends is due to the decrease in the spread of the virus.



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45,535 Covid jabs administered, more next week


Posted 20/02/2021

The Ministry of Health (Minsa) reported that until 4:00 pm, on Saturday, February 20, 45,535 doses of vaccines against Covid-19 were applied throughout the country.

The Minister of Health, Luis Francisco Sucre said that the first dose does not produce immunity immediately. "Just after the first dose is applied, on the tenth day the body begins to strengthen its immune system," Sucre said.

“The vaccine will not prevent us from getting infected, what it prevents is a serious disease, so we must not forget that after being vaccinated we must continue to take care of ourselves until our immune system is strengthened,” he said.

Minister Sucre said that as the other batches of vaccines arrive in Panama, the phases and stages of the vaccination process of Operation PanavaC-19 will be followed throughout the country.

the Deputy Minister of Health, Ivette Berrío, said that the third batch of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine will arrive in Panama next week, and this time there will be 77,200 doses.



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Gorgas identifies covid re-infection case


Posted 20/02/2021

A case of reinfection of Covid-19 in the same person six months after being infected has been confirmed by Juan Pascale, director of the Gorgas  Institute

One of the scientists in charge of the research Sandra López, head of the Virology Research department. explained that “since June, doctors have reported possible cases of reinfection after having a second wave of clinical symptoms of Covid-19.

However, among all these possible reinfections it is necessary to have "the first and second sample and to carry out the scientific studies that show a reinfection".

"In this case, it was possible to sequence the first and second virus determined that despite being of the same lineage, it has 20 different mutations, of the mutations of the second virus there are 10 changes in the virus proteins, that indicates that there is reinfection because the coronaviruses are genetically different, ”López explained.

 Alexander Martínez, head of the Genomics Department of Icges, assured that to confirm a case of reinfection there are criteria that patients must meet.

He added that it is not a question of "persistence of the first virus, that is, there may be cases that the person remains with the first virus for up to six months, they are exceptional cases, but they can occur."



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No severe reactions to first covid jabs


Posted 21/02/2021

Eyra Ruiz advisor to the Ministry of Health (Minsa) said Sunday that among the 45,535 vaccines against Covid-19 administered in Panama there have been no serious reactions.

Ruiz recalled that the majority of health personnel in Panama have demanded their vaccine because they consider that its application is safe. "

She added that some health officials have presented a release of responsibility for not applying the vaccine against the new coronavirus. The cases that have occurred are because of their religion or do not feel safe with the vaccine.

The minister recalled that the vaccine protects people from having severe Covid-19 disease and also from death.

Ruiz affirmed, in the Sunday Open Debate program of Telemetro, that she and her entire family will be vaccinated when it is her turn.

She assured that only mild skin reactions have occurred in some vaccinated people. Cases have been reported between allergy sufferers and cases of pruritus (itchy skin).



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Fase dos de vacunación iniciará el próximo 4 de marzo; fase uno está en la recta final

La fase uno de vacunación contra la Covid-19 está por concluir, y el próximo 4 de marzo comienza la fase dos, que incluye adultos mayores de 60 años y la población con enfermedades crónicas.
 Aleida Samaniego C. 
25 feb 2021 - 12:02 AM
Panamá comenzó el pasado 20 de enero con el plan nacional de vacunación. Roberto Cisneros

El presidente de la República, Laurentino Cortizo, anunció que el próximo 4 de marzo comienza la fase dos de vacunación contra la enfermedad Covid-19 en el país.

Actualmente se adelanta la inmunización a grupos de la etapa 1A y 1B de la fase uno, que incluye a los estamentos de seguridad.


En la fase 1B hay aproximadamente 57 mil 357 personas, de las cuales unas 40 mil son parte de la Policía Nacional, Sistema Nacional de Protección Civil, entre otras instituciones.

Un informe del Programa Ampliado de Inmunización del Ministerio de Salud detalla que del 20 de enero hasta ayer se han aplicado 79 mil 989 dosis de la vacuna de Pfizer/BioNTech.

Y de las 77 mil 220 dosis que llegaron al país ayer en la madrugada se han despachado 39 mil 870.

Panamá encara la recta final de la fase uno de vacunación

La llegada de un tercer lote de 77 mil 220 dosis de vacunas contra la enfermedad Covid-19 ofrece una luz de esperanza a Panamá para salir adelante de esta pandemia.

Con este nuevo lote del dúo farmacéutico de Pfizer/BioNTech las autoridades del Ministerio de Salud (Minsa) continuarán con el plan nacional de vacunación, que comenzó el pasado 20 de enero.

Las nuevas dosis empacadas en 14 cajas arribaron ayer la 1:20 a.m. en el Aeropuerto Internacional de Tocumen y fueron recibidas por la viceministra de Salud, Ivette Berrío.

Berrío indicó que con estas nuevas dosis culminan la fase uno de vacunación, y la próxima semana pondrán en marcha la fase dos, cumpliendo con el esquema establecido.

Un total de 157 mil 920 dosis de la vacuna contra la Covid-19 ha recibido el país. El primer lote, de 12 mil 840 dosis, arribó el pasado 20 de enero y posteriormente, el pasado 17 de febrero, llegó el segundo, con un total 67 mil 860 dosis.

Avance de vacunación

Eduardo Ortega Barría, asesor del Consorcio de Investigación de Vacunas Covid-19 y secretario nacional de Ciencia, Tecnología e Innovación, detalló que de la fase uno (etapa 1A), que incluye el personal en la primera línea de atención contra la Covid-19, han colocado el 100% de las dosis, y en los asilos y casas hogar un 89%, y la vacunación de los encamados del programa Sistema de Atención Domiciliaria Integral (SADI) de la Caja de Seguro Social (CSS) ha costado un poco más, pero hay más del 50% de la población vacunada.

La principal barrera que enfrentan en este grupo es que una vez que se resuspende el vial con solución salina solo tienen seis horas para aplicar esas seis dosis que están en el vial, por lo que la logística debe ser bien llevada evitar pérdida de dosis.

Ortega Barría manifestó que en la fase 1B vacunarán aproximadamente 57 mil 357 personas, de las cuales 40 mil 176 personas son miembros de los grupos esenciales en primera línea línea, tales como Fuerza Pública, Sinaproc (Sistema Nacional de Protección Civil), Cruz Roja, entre otros

También está previsto vacunar a 4 mil 292 trabajadores de aseo y unas 5 mil 318 dosis están destinadas para la población mayor de 16 años con discapacidad certificada por la Secretaría Nacional de Discapacidad hasta el 31 de diciembre de 2020.

Además, sostuvo que con estas vacunas deben completar la aplicación de segunda dosis en algunas personas de esta misma fase.

Las autoridades sanitarias indican que son pocos los eventos adversos reportados por las personas vacunadas en el país.

En ese sentido, Ortega Barría especificó que con el primer lote se reportaron 270 eventos adversos y coincidieron con los indicados por el productor, como dolor muscular, articulares, dolor de cabeza, hinchazón, entre otros.

“Tenemos un número que se encuentra dentro de lo esperado, nada errado, nada extremo”, sentenció el científico panameño.

Mañana activa

Las vacunas, una vez llegaron al aeropuerto, fueron trasladadas en dos vehículos de la empresa DHL a la sede del Programa Ampliado de Inmunización (PAI) del Minsa para comenzar a las 6:00 a .m su traslado al interior del país.

El cronograma comenzó con la distribución, vía área, de las dosis para las provincias de Bocas del Toro, Coclé, Chiriquí, Darién Herrera, Los Santos, Veraguas y la comarca Ngäbe Buglé.

A medida que avanzaban las horas, el equipo del PAI, liderado por su coordinadora Itzel de Hewitt, entregaba las dosis a los responsables de las regiones de salud en Panamá y Colón.

La mañana fue muy activa en la sede del PAI porque también se distribuyeron vacunas a los hospitales como el Hospital Santo Tomás, Hospital del Niño Dr. José Renán Esquivel, Hospital Irma de Lourdes Tzanetatos, Hospital Panamá Solidario (conocido como el modular), Hospital San Miguel Arcángel, entre otros.

Israel Cedeño, director de la Región Metropolitana de Salud fue uno de los que acudió a retirar las dosis de vacuna, quien indicó que recibieron 15 mil 786 dosis correspondientes a 263 viales.

Detalló que los viales serán distribuidos en los 19 centros de salud y cinco policlínicas de la CSS. El objetivo de estos días es culminar las dos etapas de la fase uno, que incluye a los miembros de la Fuerza de Tarea Conjunta, dijo Cedeño.

El PAI tiene programado para hoy seguir con las distribución de las dosis a la comarca Guna Yala, los hospitales privados, el Hospital Covid-19 ( en la Ciudad de la Salud), entre otros.

Los hospitales retoman los servicios suspendidos

A partir del próximo 1 de marzo, el Hospital Santo Tomás retomará la atención de los servicios suspendidos por la pandemia.

Los pacientes serán contactados, vía telefónica, para reprogramar su cita, comunicó la Dirección Médica General del hospital mediante una nota de prensa.

El centro hospitalario aclaró que se permitirá el ingreso a pacientes con citas confirmadas, y solo si es necesario, a un acompañante.

El servicio de Consulta Externa y los programas de cirugías electivas pendientes en los hospitales de la Caja de Seguro Social también serán retomados el próximo lunes.

Los pacientes con coronavirus recluidos en el Complejo Hospitalario Dr. Arnulfo Arias Madrid serán trasladados a la Ciudad de la Salud para que culminen en ese nosocomio su proceso de recuperación.

Esta decisión se adopta en ambas instituciones por la disminución significativa de pacientes con Covid-19.



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Phase two of vaccination will begin on March 4; phase one is on the home stretch

Phase one of vaccination against Covid-19 is nearing completion, and phase two begins next March 4, which includes adults over 60 years of age and the population with chronic diseases.

Aleida Samaniego C.
Feb 25, 2021 - 12:02 AM

Panama began on January 20 with the national vaccination plan. Roberto Cisneros

The President of the Republic, Laurentino Cortizo, announced that on March 4, phase two of vaccination against the Covid-19 disease begins in the country.

Immunization is currently being carried out for groups of stage 1A and 1B of phase one, which includes the security forces.


In phase 1B there are approximately 57 thousand 357 people, of which about 40 thousand are part of the National Police, National Civil Protection System, among other institutions.

A report from the Expanded Immunization Program of the Ministry of Health details that from January 20 to yesterday, 79 thousand 989 doses of the Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine have been applied.

And of the 77,220 doses that arrived in the country yesterday morning, 39,870 have been dispatched.

Panama faces the final stretch of phase one of vaccination

The arrival of a third batch of 77,220 doses of vaccines against the Covid-19 disease offers a light of hope to Panama to get ahead of this pandemic.

With this new batch of the pharmaceutical duo of Pfizer / BioNTech, the authorities of the Ministry of Health (Minsa) will continue with the national vaccination plan, which began on January 20.

The new doses packed in 14 boxes arrived yesterday at 1:20 a.m. at the Tocumen International Airport and were received by the Vice Minister of Health, Ivette Berrío.

Berrío indicated that with these new doses, phase one of vaccination culminates, and next week they will launch phase two, complying with the established scheme.

A total of 157,920 doses of the vaccine against Covid-19 has received the country. The first batch, of 12,840 doses, arrived on January 20 and later, on February 17, the second arrived, with a total of 67,860 doses.

Vaccination advance

Eduardo Ortega Barría, advisor to the Covid-19 Vaccine Research Consortium and national secretary of Science, Technology and Innovation, detailed that of phase one (stage 1A), which includes the personnel in the first line of care against Covid-19 , they have placed 100% of the doses, and 89% in nursing homes and homes, and the vaccination of the bedridden of the Comprehensive Home Care System (SADI) program of the Social Security Fund (CSS) has cost a little more, but there are more than 50% of the population vaccinated.

The main barrier they face in this group is that once the vial is resuspended with saline, they only have six hours to apply those six doses that are in the vial, so logistics must be well managed to avoid loss of dose.

Ortega Barría said that in phase 1B approximately 57 thousand 357 people will be vaccinated, of which 40 thousand 176 people are members of the essential groups on the front line, such as the Public Force, Sinaproc (National Civil Protection System), the Red Cross, among others

It is also planned to vaccinate 4,292 cleaning workers and about 5,318 doses are destined for the population over 16 years of age with a disability certified by the National Disability Secretariat until December 31, 2020.

In addition, he argued that with these vaccines they must complete the application of the second dose in some people of this same phase.

Health authorities indicate that few adverse events are reported by vaccinated people in the country.

In this sense, Ortega Barría specified that 270 adverse events were reported with the first batch and they coincided with those indicated by the producer, such as muscle and joint pain, headache, swelling, among others.

"We have a number that is within the expected, nothing wrong, nothing extreme," said the Panamanian scientist.

Active morning

Once the vaccines arrived at the airport, they were transferred in two vehicles from the DHL company to the headquarters of the Expanded Program on Immunization (PAI) of the Minsa to begin their transfer to the interior of the country at 6:00 am.


The schedule began with the distribution, via area, of the doses for the provinces of Bocas del Toro, Coclé, Chiriquí, Darién Herrera, Los Santos, Veraguas and the Ngäbe Buglé region.
As the hours progressed, the EPI team, led by its coordinator Itzel de Hewitt, delivered the doses to those responsible for the health regions in Panama and Colón.

The morning was very active at the EPI headquarters because vaccines were also distributed to hospitals such as Hospital Santo Tomás, Hospital del Niño Dr. José Renán Esquivel, Hospital Irma de Lourdes Tzanetatos, Hospital Panamá Solidario (known as the modular), Hospital San Miguel Arcángel, among others.

Israel Cedeño, director of the Metropolitan Health Region was one of those who came to withdraw the vaccine doses, who indicated that they received 15,786 doses corresponding to 263 vials.

He explained that the vials will be distributed in the 19 health centers and five polyclinics of the CSS. The objective of these days is to complete the two stages of phase one, which includes the members of the Joint Task Force, said Cedeño.

The PAI has scheduled for today to continue with the distribution of doses to the Guna Yala region, private hospitals, the Covid-19 Hospital (in the City of Health), among others.

Hospitals resume suspended services

Starting next March 1, the Santo Tomás Hospital will resume care of the services suspended by the pandemic.

Patients will be contacted by phone to reschedule their appointment, the hospital's General Medical Directorate communicated through a press release.

The hospital center clarified that patients with confirmed appointments will be allowed to enter, and only if necessary, a companion.

The Outpatient Consultation service and the pending elective surgery programs in the hospitals of the Social Security Fund will also be resumed next Monday.

Patients with coronavirus confined in the Dr. Arnulfo Arias Madrid Hospital Complex will be transferred to the City of Health to complete their recovery process in that hospital.

This decision is adopted in both institutions due to the significant decrease in patients with Covid-19.



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It's official - weekend lockdown ends March 6, movies reopen


Posted 26/02/2021

The  Executive Decree, which lifts the total weekend quarantine from March 6, was promulgated in the Official Gazette on Friday, February 26.

The decree also ordered the reactivation of some activities in several provinces

From March 6, in the provinces of Panama, Panama Oeste, Coclé, Herrera, Los Santos and Veraguas, the quarantine on Saturdays and Sundays will cease to apply, which began from 10:00 pm, Friday until 4:00: 00 am, Monday.

However, the curfew is maintained throughout the country, from Monday to Sunday, from 10:00 pm, until 4:00 am

On March 6 movie theaters, casinos and sports fields for recreational use in Panama and Panama Oeste.

The establishments "must limit capacity to 50%, which includes r employees,”  to avoid crowds in internal or external areas, as well as on their premises and comply with the biosecurity guidelines and the health guidelines issued by the Ministry of Health ” says the decree.

In the province of Herrera, operations will also be reactivated on March 1 in car washes, tailor shops, shoe stores, creative and cultural industries, with the exception of cinemas.

Dance activities, discos, private parties and shows are still prohibited.



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Plan de vacunación contra COVID-19 se desarrollará por provincias y circuitos


La fase 2 de inmunización contra COVID-19 en Panamá iniciará el próximo jueves 4 de marzo. AFP

Linda Batista  

El Gobierno de Panamá detalló cómo se aplicará la vacuna contra COVID-19 en las siguientes fases del plan PanavaC-19.

La vacunación se realizará en planteles educativos por provincias y circuitos, según la priorización que haga la Dirección de Epidemiología del Ministerio de Salud en cada fase, tomando en cuenta el porcentaje de defunciones y  casos activos.

Para la Fase 2 de vacunación, que incluye adultos mayores de 60 años, iniciará el próximo jueves 4 de marzo con el circuito 8-6, San Miguelito, por tener la tasa de mortalidad más alta; seguido del 8-8; 8-10; 8-7; 8-9; y 8-4, respectivamente.

Orden de las siguientes provincias y circuitos para la Fase 2:


Para San Miguelito, se establecieron 19 centros con 94 mesas de vacunación, para los 9 corregimientos. 


Luis Oliva, administrador de la Autoridad de Innovación Gubernamental (AIG), explicó que todas aquellas personas del circuito 8-6, que se registraron en el portal de vacunación, recibirán un correo electrónico en el que le indicarán el centro, la fecha y la hora en que recibirá su vacuna. Piden cumplir con la puntualidad. 

Para verificar dónde deberá vacunarse, podrá ingresar al menú de Vacunas de la página Panamá Solidario, y dar click en la sección VERIFÍCATRE donde se le pedirá número de cédula y fecha de nacimiento. 

Asimismo, se podrá verificar en el menú 5 de ROSA, o llamar a la Línea 177, que se activará desde el próximo martes 2 de marzo.

Se procura que los centros de vacunación coincidan con los de votación en las elecciones.


Una vez se verifique, llegará al centro de vacunación en la fecha que le corresponde y será atendido por un orientador que lo llevará a uno de los salones donde están las mesas de vacunación. Un oficial de trazabilidad le pedirá su cédula, la leerá en un dispositivo, actualizará el vacunómetro y llenará la información dentro de Panamá Digital. 

Tras esto, pasará a donde una enfermera para ser vacunado; posteriormente en un tiempo deberá esperar un tiempo determinado por si tiene algún tipo de reacción alérgica y luego se podrá retirar. 

La plataforma Panamá Digital emitirá una tarjeta de vacunación que detallará el lote, lugar, fecha y fabricante de la vacuna que le aplicaron y la fecha en que le corresponderá la segunda dosis.

Un total de 500 mil personas se han registrado para ser vacunadas. De ese total, 168 mil tienen algún padecimiento crónico, de las cuales 109 mil han sido hallados en el sistema de salud público.

A la fecha, más 92 mil personas han sido inmunizadas contra el coronavirus en Panamá.



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Vaccination plan against COVID-19 will be developed by provinces and circuits


Phase 2 of immunization against COVID-19 in Panama will begin next Thursday, March 4. AFP

Linda Batista • 26 Feb 2021 - 04:33 PM

The Government of Panama detailed how the vaccine against COVID-19 will be applied in the following phases of the PanavaC-19 plan.

Vaccination will be carried out in educational establishments by provinces and circuits, according to the prioritization made by the Epidemiology Directorate of the Ministry of Health in each phase, taking into account the percentage of deaths and active cases.

For Phase 2 of vaccination, which includes adults over 60 years of age, it will begin next Thursday, March 4, with the 8-6 circuit, San Miguelito, for having the highest mortality rate; followed by 8-8; 8-10; 8-7; 8-9; and 8-4, respectively.

Order of the following provinces and circuits for Phase 2:

For San Miguelito, 19 centers with 94 vaccination tables were established for the 9 townships.


Luis Oliva, administrator of the Government Innovation Authority (AIG), explained that all those people in the 8-6 circuit, who registered in the vaccination portal, will receive an email indicating the center, the date and the time you will receive your vaccination. They ask to be punctual.

To verify where you should be vaccinated, you can enter the Vaccines menu on the Panama Solidario page, and click on the VERIFICATE section where you will be asked for identification number and date of birth.

Likewise, it can be verified in ROSA menu 5, or call Line 177, which will be activated from next Tuesday, March 2.

It is tried that the vaccination centers coincide with the voting centers in the elections.


Once verified, you will arrive at the vaccination center on the date that corresponds to you and will be attended by a counselor who will take you to one of the rooms where the vaccination tables are located. A traceability officer will ask for your ID, read it on a device, update the vaccinometer and fill in the information within Panama Digital.

After this, you will go to a nurse to be vaccinated; later in time you will have to wait a certain time in case you have any type of allergic reaction and then you can withdraw it.

The Panama Digital platform will issue a vaccination card that will detail the batch, place, date and manufacturer of the vaccine that was applied and the date on which the second dose will correspond.

A total of 500 thousand people have registered to be vaccinated. Of that total, 168 thousand have some chronic disease, of which 109 thousand have been found in the public health system.

To date, more than 92 thousand people have been immunized against the coronavirus in Panama.


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Beaches reopen this weekend


Posted 02/03/2021

Starting this weekend, people will be able to go to rivers and beaches between 6:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and the curfew is from 10:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m

Over 300 Staff of the National Civil Protection System (Sinaproc), +will be on duty guarding more than 37 rivers and beaches and they ask all beachgoers to take all biosecurity measures,t the spread of covid-19 infections.

The director of the institution, Carlos Rumbo, requests that the protection recommendations made by the lifeguard teams also be complied with.



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ID cards will determine vaccination days


Posted 02/03/2021

The last number of the personal identity card will indicate which day of the week citizens in Panama will receive the vaccine against Covid-19.

The first goal of phase 2 is   to vaccinate 112,389 older adults said Luis Oliva, general administrator of the Authority for Government Innovation, about the logistics o terms of the National Vaccination Plan, which started on January 20 in Panama.



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Coronavirus – 722  new cases,10 deaths


Posted 04/03/2021

he Ministry of Health (Minsa) reported that on Wednesday, March 3, Panama reached 342, 741 accumulated cases of coronavirus, after registering 722 new infections and 10  new deaths bringing the  total to 5,884 To date 10,080 tests have been applied, with a positivity rate of 7.1%.



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