June 23. Costa Rica wants to know how many citizens and residents are getting vaccinated abroad.
The Health Ministry announced Tuesday that it will create a voluntary registry of people who received or will receive Covid-19 vaccines outside of Costa Rica. Authorities will send a survey to people who left the country between March 1 and June 9 where they can “voluntarily indicate if they received the immunization against COVID-19 on said trip.” Costa Rica has administered 2.3 million vaccines, or 45.1 per 100 residents, but an unknown number of Ticos have taken “vaccine vacations” to get their jabs elsewhere. Earlier this year, local travel agencies expected 10,000 Ticos to visit the United States for their shots.
This is all possible because many U.S. states do not ask for proof of residency when scheduling Covid-19 vaccines. In addition, the United States has a surplus of vaccines, and Covid-19 vaccine providers in the U.S. cannot charge individuals for the vaccine.
Source: Tico Times