In November 2021, Costa Rica became the first nation in the world to require kids to receive COVID vaccinations. But things seem to have turned when the President of Costa Rica abolished the COVID vaccine mandate after saying that ‘our people are not cattle.’
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The COVID “vaccine” mandate was rescinded by Costa Rica’s newly elected president on Wednesday.
“As of today, the vaccines are not mandatory,” President Rodrigo Chaves Robles said during a press conference on August 3. “And therefore any action taken against anyone who does not want to be vaccinated is an action that is against the law.”
Although Chaves, who’d been elected in April 2022, has received a vaccination and urges others to think about “vaccination” as well, he stated that his primary stance is that “fundamentally that people have freedom of choice.”
“But, if you don’t want to, as I said during my campaign: Costa Rica’s people are not cattle that you beat with a piece of wood and force to get vaccinated,” Chaves declared during the press conference.
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The president of Costa Rica stressed that his country’s position aligns with that of the World Health Organization (WHO), the Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO), and the vast bulk of other nations, claiming that the country’s prior vaccination requirements are thus “contrary to international standards.”
A WHO report from April 2021 that said “vaccine” mandates “interfere with freedom and individual autonomy” and that “One must balance the well-being of the community with individual liberties” was cited by Chaves to support his argument.
He further criticized the mandates as being against Costa Rican law because, as he noted, the representatives of the country’s National Vaccination and Epidemiology Commission (CNVE) were serving out expired terms when they issued the vaccination requirements, making all of their post-term deeds “invalid.”
“We realized that their terms … officially ended in 2020,” he added, adding that this realization came after Chaves and his administration assumed office.
“When told this, they all got quiet. They said that nobody had told them their terms had ended. And nobody questioned this until the Minister here investigated ,” Chaves stated, alluding to Minister of Health Jocelyn Chacón, who was also in attendance at the media briefing.
The president added that he urged Chacón to halt the vaccination mandates “given the illegal actions taken by the Commission,” whilst retaining the vaccinations accessible for anyone who wish to get vaccinated “in the exercise of their liberty.”
Chacón refuted charges that the Costa Rican administration is “anti-vaccination” during the news conference by stating that all of its members were “up to date” on their immunizations.
“There are countries which do not mandate, and have higher rates of vaccination. Why? Because people do not want to be ordered: they prefer to have things explained,” Chacón said.
A COVID vaccine regulation that would necessitate the vaccine to access non-essential businesses, such as restaurants, shopping centers, gyms, and hotels, was declared by Costa Rica in October 2021. All governmental employees had to get the vaccine, and private companies were allowed to demand it of their staff members as well.
In November 2021, Costa Rica became the first nation in the world to require kids to receive COVID vaccinations. The choice was made just one week after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorized the administration of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccination to kids aged 5 to 11 despite the lack of adequate safety information and the almost complete lack of a necessity. In making the mandatory announcement, the Costa Rican government referenced the FDA approval.
In May 2022, as per government statistics, upwards of 85% of Costa Ricans had “received at least one shot, while 79% have had two doses, and 41% have received a third vaccine, according to official data.”
In his final statement as president that month, former Costa Rican leader Carlos Alvarado declared that his nation was among a “select group of countries in the world that has more than 85% of its population vaccinated with at least one dose.”