Newly elected President Rodrigo Chaves has outlawed vaccine mandates. “Today vaccines are no longer mandatory and any action against someone who does not want to be vaccinated is a violation of the law,” the president stated. Although the president is vaccinated, he stated that was a health decision he personally made. It is now against the law in Costa Rica to force someone to be vaccinated against their will.
The president lifted numerous COVID restrictions when he came into power this May. He began by eliminating the mask mandate for everyone who does not work in healthcare. The Association of Physicians and Surgeons of Costa Rica, the Association of Pharmacists of Costa Rica, and the National Medical Union of Costa Rica spoke out against the president’s order to lift masks. He set out to lift the vaccine mandate in May too, but finally signed it into law this August.
This is another win for medical autonomy and a nation refusing to prolong the COVID fear-mongering propaganda that decimated the global economy.
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