Costa Rica has become the first country in the world to make vaccination against the Corona virus mandatory for children, according to the BBC
The country signed a deal with Pfizer to obtain doses to start vaccinating all children under 12 years of age as of March 2022.
Earlier this week, US health regulators approved the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine for children ages 5 to 11.
Costa Rica’s deal with Pfizer will see it obtain 3.5 million doses, of which 1.5 million will be reserved for those aged 5 to 11, and the others will be for the third doses that will be given to first responders, the elderly, and people with weakened immunity.
Officials say more than 70% of those aged 12-19 have now received at least one dose of the vaccine in the country.
Other countries are expected to follow suit.