Dominican Republic established this Monday that as of January 31, 2022, only those people over 18 who have received three doses against the covid-19.

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

Likewise, the agency authorized a fourth optional dose, six months after the application of the third, for health personnel and pharmacists, people over 60 years of age, those with comorbidities, military, police, journalists and people who require it for special conditions.

The institution recommended, in a resolution, that those who apply the third dose do so with a different compound than the first two. 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, that it be a mixed application of vaccines”, stated the document.

Those people who have not applied the third dose as of January 31, will have to present a negative PCR test with a period of no more than seven days after it has been carried out, in order to enter public and private places of public use.

Those who do not present a vaccination card with three doses as of the announced date will be prevented from entering restaurants, wineries, discos, 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 old, who are not affected by the new provision.

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

Last Saturday the first case of the omicron variant of covid-19 was reported in the national territory, detected in a person who arrived from South Africa.

The country accumulates 414,704 cases of covid-19 and 4,238 deaths due to the disease.

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