Ecuador makes vaccination against Covid-19 mandatory from the age of five

Published on: 12/23/2021 – 10:24 PMModified on: 12/23/2021 – 22:22

Quito (AFP) – Vaccination against Covid-19 has been declared mandatory in Ecuador from the age of five, a world first for this age group, the Ministry of Health announced this Thursday.

“In Ecuador vaccination has been declared mandatory,” the ministry wrote in a statement, specifying that “the obligation applies after five years.”

So far, only a handful of countries have made vaccination mandatory for adults. Two authoritarian states in Central Asia, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan, declared it in July.

In Indonesia, vaccination against Covid is mandatory since February 2021 under penalty of sanction, but only 35% of Indonesians were vaccinated on December 1.

In the Pacific, the Federal State of Micronesia also announced mandatory vaccination for those over 18 years of age in July.

A French territory in the South Pacific with extensive autonomy, New Caledonia has made vaccination mandatory for all adults since the end of December.

In Europe, Austria is the first country in the EU to want to impose vaccination on all its adults. The measure, announced in November, will take effect in early February.

The Ecuadorian Ministry of Health argued that the decision was constitutional. The health law specifies that the Executive Power can “declare mandatory vaccination against certain diseases, under the terms and conditions that the national and local epidemiological reality requires,” the Ministry of Health explained in a press release.

However, vaccination will not be mandatory for people with medical contraindications, after proof.

69% of the 17.7 million Ecuadorians are fully immunized. About 900,000 people received a third booster dose.

Ecuador had made the presentation of a vaccine pass mandatory last week to participate in public events, access shopping centers, restaurants, cinemas or theaters, of which it reduced the reception level to 50%.

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