A WORLD Health Organization (WHO) worker administers a vaccination during the launch of a campaign aimed at beating an outbreak of Ebola in the port city of Mbandaka, in the Democratic Republic of Congo, in May 2018. REUTERS/Kenny Katombe
A WORLD Health Organization (WHO) worker administers a vaccination during the launch of a campaign aimed at beating an outbreak of Ebola in the port city of Mbandaka, in the Democratic Republic of Congo, in May 2018. REUTERS/Kenny Katombe

Costa Rica mandates Covid-19 vaccination for state workers

By Reuters Time of article published Sep 28, 2021

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SAN JOSE - Authorities in Costa Rica said on Tuesday that all state workers will need to be vaccinated against Covid-19, making it one of the first countries in Latin America to impose a coronavirus vaccination mandate.

Private companies across the country will also be able to mandate vaccination for their own employees, the health ministry said in a statement. No deadline was given for when employees must comply.

Some 300 000 people work in the public sector of the Central American nation of about 5 million, whose economy depends heavily on tourism. About 40% of the population has been fully vaccinated but big gaps remain, as almost 30% of Costa Ricans have not received even a single shot.

The Social Security Fund, which runs Costa Rica’s public hospital system, has since February required immunisation against Covid-19 for all its workers.

On Monday, the University of Costa Rica, the country's biggest university, also announced a vaccination mandate.

The health authorities did not outline the consequences for employees who refuse to take a vaccine, saying “it will be the employer’s responsibility to take measures according to the country’s legislation and institutional regulations”. | Reuters

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