Writer, lawyer and minister-counsellor for former President of Panama, Ramón Fonseca Mora, tweets:
“Eliminated the mandatory vaccination and the use of masks in Costa Rica. First presidential decree of the new President Chaves, just 2 hours after assuming the presidency.” (May 9)
Q COSTA RICA expands further:
In his first decree as President, Rodrigo Chaves eliminated the mandatory use of the mask, as well as the obligation to be vaccinated against covid-19.
In addition, the refusal to be vaccinated will no longer be grounds for dismissal in the public sector.
The strict use of the mask and vaccination is only in force for workers on the front line of public health care. For other people, the use is voluntary.
“The rest of the people will be able to choose whether they want to protect themselves with vaccination or not,” stated the newly sworn-in president on Sunday [May 8].
“What the decree wants is to give Costa Ricans freedom and responsibility for their own health. (…), the only ones who are obliged to wear a mask are the people who attend the health system, for example, someone who has a weakened immune system and for justice and fairness, we cannot expose someone who has the virus.
“To the rest of the people, I recommend that they put on the mask on the bus if they feel like it, …
That is common sense, we Ticos (Costa Ricans men) are intelligent people and the Ticas (Costa Rican women) more so. I make a call that this is an opportunity, I respect the population, and if a wave of Covid comes, we will reevaluate.” (May 8)… Read More