Ecuador Announces Vaccine Mandate

Only exceptions will be for those with conditions that could be worsened by the dose
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Dec 23, 2021 5:25 PM CST
Vaccinations Become the Law in Ecuador
A child gets a COVID-19 vaccine shot Thursday in Quito, Ecuador.   (AP Photo/Carlos Noriega)

Ecuador said Thursday that vaccination against the coronavirus will be mandatory for most citizens. Only those with a medical condition that could be complicated by vaccination will be exempt from the new rule, the government said in a statement. Those people must have documentation to prove it, according to the statement. The government said it was implementing the requirement because of an increase in coronavirus infections and the circulation of new variants such as omicron, the AP reports. Ecuador has enough vaccine to immunize the entire population, the government said.

This week, the government's Special Operations Committee, which runs health policies to combat the pandemic, said vaccination certificates must be shown in order to access places such as restaurants, cinemas, and other public areas. As of Tuesday, about 77% of 17.3 million people in Ecuador have been vaccinated, and more than 920,000 people have received a booster shot. About 33,600 people in Ecuador are confirmed to have died of COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic. Last month, Austria announced a national lockdown and a plan to mandate vaccinations as coronavirus infections hit a record high.

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