Dominican Republic to require three doses for entry to multiple locations for omicron

The Dominican Republic ordered on Monday that as of January 31, 2022, only those persons over 18 years of age who have received three doses against covid-19 will be allowed to enter enclosed public and private spaces for public use, including transportation.

The Ministry of Public Health ordered this measure two days after reporting that the omicron variant had been detected in the country.

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Likewise, the organism enabled an optional fourth dose, six months after the application of the third one, for health and pharmaceutical personnel, people over 60 years of age, those with comorbidities, military, police, journalists and people who require it due to special conditions.

The institution recommended, in a resolution, that those who apply the third dose should do so with a different compound from the first two doses. Most of the people inoculated with two doses in the country have received the Sinovac vaccine.

“This booster dose or third inoculation may be applied thirty days after the person has received the second dose and it is recommended that the administration be heterologous, that is to say, that it be a mixed application of vaccines,” the document stated.

Those persons who have not received the third dose by January 31 will have to present a negative PCR test no more than seven days after it has been performed, in order to be able to enter public and private places of public use.

Those who, as of the announced date, do not present a vaccination card with three doses will be prevented from entering restaurants, wineries, discotheques, clubs, casinos, sports centers and any other entertainment center.

Last October, health authorities took similar measures for people who had not received two doses, including minors between 12 and 17 years of age, who are not affected by the new provision.

The country has vaccinated 5.6 million people with two doses, while 1.4 million have had a third dose, according to official data.

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