Ecuador requires everyone to take the Covid vaccine, starting at the age of five
“Compulsory vaccination applies to people from the age of five and over,” the ministry told AFP.
About 69 percent of Ecuador’s population of 17.7 million people have received two doses of the Covid vaccine so far, while 900,000 have received a third booster dose.
Now everyone from the age of five is eligible to receive the vaccine.
Ecuador has recorded about 540,000 cases of coronavirus so far, and 33,600 deaths.
The ministry said that people who have medical reasons that prevent them from obtaining the vaccine will be exempted, adding that the decision is based on Ecuador’s constitution, which states that the state guarantees its citizens’ right to health.
To combat the surge in new infections after Omicron was first detected a week ago, Ecuador required its citizens to produce a vaccine record to enter restaurants and shopping malls.
Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Indonesia, Micronesia and New Caledonia have previously imposed vaccination against Covid, but only for adults.