EcuadorThe Ministry of Health reported on Thursday (23) that the seventh country in Latin America, where the coronavirus pandemic has caused more deaths, announced mandatory vaccination against COVID-19 due to the presence of the Omicron variant.
Officials explained that anticovid vaccination would not be mandatory, however, for those who have any medical contraindications, which must present evidence.
The health ministry argued that the decision was based on the Constitution, which establishes that health is a right that must be guaranteed by the state.
The Organic Health Law indicates that the executive has “the power to declare an obligation to vaccinate against certain diseases under the terms and conditions required of the national and local epidemiological reality”, Folder said.
About 69% of the 17.7 million residents of Ecuador Received the full two-dose vaccine schedule. Along with this, 900,000 people also got booster doses.
To counter a surge in cases after the Omicron type was detected a week ago, the country implemented a requirement for presenting a vaccination card to enter public events, restaurants, shopping centres, cinemas and theatres. It also reduced the maximum capacity in these locations to 50%.