All children will have to take Covid-19 jab in Costa Rica — RT World News

Costa Rica is the first country in the world that has made Covid-19 mandatory for all children. Parents face sanctions – and potentially, forced jabbing of their kids – if they don’t comply.

The coronavirus jab has been added to a list of childhood vaccinations, obligatory under the law, the nation’s Health Ministry announced on Friday. All minors below 18 years old must be vaccinated against this virus by the National Vaccination and Epidemiology Commission.

If parents in Costa Rica fail to vaccinate their children for Covid-19 beginning from 2022, they could face unexplained sanctions. According to the media reports, previously, Costa Ricans were subject to sanctions if they refused to give their children measles vaccines as part of compulsory immunization. The ministry then initiated a ‘special legal procedure’ for the minors to get a shot without their parents’ consent.

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It is unclear whether the same scheme will apply with the Covid-19 vaccine, but it has been added to the so-called ‘basic list’ of jabs that includes immunization against chickenpox, polio and Human Papillomavirus (HPV). A teenager over the age of 15 can also get Covid-19 shots, without having to accompany an adult.

Although the ministry didn’t mention the age minimum for vaccination, it did note that the US Food and Drug Administration Agency had authorized emergency use of Pfizer vaccines for children between 5 and 11.

They have pledged to buy all vaccines needed for children younger than 12 years by 2022. Costa Rica and Pfizer reached a contract last month that will see an additional 3.5million vaccine doses being delivered to the Latin American country. According to reports, at least 1.5 million vaccine doses would be reserved for minors.

Costa Rica greenlighted the vaccination of teenagers over 12 years old in October, and some 73% of Costa Ricans aged between 12 and 19 received at least one Covid vaccine dose by November 2, according to the nation’s Social Security Fund.

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Costa Ricans are required to show proof that they have been fully vaccinated to gain entry to public areas such as restaurants, bars and museums. The government says that 54% of Costa Rica’s population has been fully vaccinated.

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