Ecuador is the first Latin American country to make vaccination against COVID-19 mandatory. The decision was taken on the night of the 23rd. In a statement, the ministry said that the decision “was taken due to the current epidemiological state, that is, the increase in infections and the circulation of new worrying variants”.
The order is immediate and intended for anyone over 5 years of age, although there is an emphasis on the population over 12 years of age.
The government will require establishments that offer non-essential services, such as restaurants, cinemas, and supermarkets, to ask for proof of vaccination – in the case of Ecuador, a printed card. On the other hand, the vaccination card will not be requested at health posts, schools, and workplaces.