Puerto Rico expands booster shot requirements

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Puerto Rico will require booster shots for all public school students over the age of 12, as well as those working in entertainment and tourism, Governor Pedro Pierlucci announced in a statement. series of tweets Thursday.

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Why this matters: Puerto Rico is facing a surge in COVID-19 cases, powered by Omicron Edition. While the island’s positivity rate was less than 5% at the end of 2021, it has increased to 36% in the new year, AP Reported.

Catch up quickly: The new measures follow other recent steps taken by the governor to curb the spread of COVID-19, including a two-week delay in opening public schools and those in the food, health and education sectors requiring boosters, per ap.

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big picture: While more than 70% of Puerto Rico’s total population has been fully vaccinated against the virus, only about 40% have received their booster shots, per the AP.

  • “The requirement for the booster shot will apply to those who work in hotels, cinemas and convention centres,” Peirlusi tweeted.
  • The requirement would also apply to college and technical degree students. Those with medical or religious exemptions will need to be tested every week, she added,
  • “I trust my people and I know they will answer this call to continue to protect us.” concluded,

Noteworthy: pearlucci too ordered an extension Current public health restrictions for another two weeks on Thursday.

  • By February 2 most businesses will be ordered to close between 12 a.m. and 5 a.m., and those that remain open will be prohibited from selling alcohol.
  • Businesses serving food or drinks indoors must maintain 50% capacity, and from January 17, public places such as supermarkets and shopping malls will be limited to 75%.
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