Students over the age of 12 will need to get a COVID-19 booster shot in Puerto Rico as the island nation’s governor announced a series of new measures for public schools, the entertainment sector, and tourism on Thursday.
In a series of posts on social media, Democratic Governor Pedro Pierluisi emphasized that all eligible Puerto Ricans “need to get boosters as soon as possible.”
Pierluisi emphasized that the deadline for students to get a jab is February 15th, adding that these shots are a requirement for attending face-to-face classes.
“This includes college and technology degree students,” he said. Said.. “Students who do not have booster immunity for medical or religious reasons should undergo a qualified viral test, including an antigen test, every 7 days.”
The expanded booster shot requirements also apply to hotels, cinemas, convention centers, and others employed in the entertainment and tourism sectors, Pierluisi said.
Pierluisi has already vaccinated students and private sector staff CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus Those who qualify for booster shots, but refuse to do so, must meet one of the following conditions:
- Get a qualified COVID-19 test, including an antigen test, which is processed weekly by a medical professional.
- Submit a positive COVID-19 test for the last 3 months with a recovery document.
- Presents evidence of vaccination against the CCP virus.
“If an employee does not comply with these provisions, he will not be able to work directly,” Pierluisi said. “I trust our people and know they will respond to this call to continue to protect us.”
Meanwhile, the Governor is also vaccinated with booster doses, or at least negative, in all public and private locations that serve clients and have restricted access to large-scale activities such as sporting events. Limited indoor capacity to 75% only for those who conducted the test 48 hours before attending the event.
He also extended the current restrictions for another two weeks. This requires the closure of most businesses from 12:00 am to 5:00 am, including a ban on the sale of alcohol at that time. report..
Pierluisi recently delayed the opening of public schools by two weeks and demanded that people working in the food, health and education sectors get boosters.
Puerto Rico is one of the highest vaccination rates in the United States, with more than 76% of the population fully vaccinated and more than 40% already boosted.
Despite promising immunization rates, the 3.3 million island nations have recently experienced the highest hospitalization and infection rates since the start of the pandemic more than two years ago.
At the end of last year, Puerto Rico reported a positive test rate of less than 5%, but this month it surged to 36%, and change authorities have accused the Omicron variant of the CCP virus.
from NTD News