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Costa Rica Runs Out of Yellow Fever Vaccines

January 28, 2022 • 9:19 am CST
(Vax Before Travel)

The Costa Rica Ministry of Health announced on January 21, 2022, that the drugstore in charge of importing yellow fever vaccines will not have available inventory until the third week of February 2022.

Given this situation, and in compliance with the Decree of Regulations on the International Certificate of Vaccination against Yellow Fever (YF), the Ministry announced, to the local population, as well as to the heads of the General Directorate of Migration and Foreigners, and the Costa Rican Institute of Tourism, to justify the non-vaccination of the people who live in Costa Rica and who must travel to at-risk areas until February 21, 2022.

The U.S. CDC recently confirmed traveling from a country with risk of YF virus transmission includes children ≥9 months of age. 

This requirement excludes Argentina and Panama but includes Tanzania Zambia.

And the designated areas of the following countries: Colombia (the entire country except for Barranquilla, Cali, Cartagena, Medellín and San Andrés Providencia and Bogotá); Ecuador (applies only to Morona-Santiago, Napo, Orellana, Pastaza, Sucumbíos, and Zamora-Chinchipe, and excludes the rest of the country); Paraguay (the entire country except Asunción, the capital); Peru (the whole country except Lima, the capital, Cuzco, Machu Picchu, the Inca Trail, Lambayeque, Tumbes, Piura, and Cajamarca); Trinidad and Tobago (the entire country except the urban areas of Port of Spain, and for travelers in transit or whose itineraries are limited to the island of Tobago).

The CDC suggests speaking with a healthcare provider one month before traveling to determine if you need a yellow fever vaccination or a booster shot before your trip.