Updated May 12, 2021
Like most of the world, Costa Rica started vaccinating its population for COVID-19 in December, 2020. In anticipation of the entrance of vaccinations into the market, the government had signed a contract with Pfizer/BioNTech. Once the Pfizer vaccine was approved, they started vaccinating the country.
As of May 12, 2021, Costa Rica has vaccinated over 657,000 people. This means 13% of the population of just over 5 million people have been vaccinated and just over 18% of the target population for vaccination.
What populations have been vaccinated in Costa Rica?
The first wave of vaccinations, according to Costa Rica’s Health Ministry, were the highest at-risk populations. Five groups have been identified for vaccinations, according to risk level. The first group included elderly people who live in long term care facilities, first responders, and healthcare workers.
The second group, which is in the process of receiving their vaccinations, involves the general population of people 58 and older. Each additional wave will lower the age of those who can qualify to get vaccinated until everyone 16 and older has been vaccinated.
Why internal vaccination efforts matter for participants in meetings and incentive programs who travel to Costa Rica
Costa Rica’s internal vaccination efforts are crucial deciding factors for organizations considering Costa Rica for their MICE programs.
A healthy population makes travel safer for travelers
No one wants to get sick while on vacation. Companies don’t want that kind of liability either. The more people who are vaccinated in Costa Rica, the less risk your participants have of getting sick.
Most countries require negative COVID-19 tests prior to entrance
Your participants are going to have to get tested for COVID-19 prior to boarding their planes back home after their programs. Anyone who tests positive will have to quarantine for 2 weeks. A vaccinated population means fewer people are getting infected and less chance of needing to quarantine.
As protections arise, restrictions lessen
As the COVID-19 situation improves in Costa Rica, the government will loosen restrictions. Most vehicular restrictions, such as license plate-based restrictions don’t apply to tourism vehicles and rental cars. In the case of restaurants, national parks, hotels, and other entities, Premio DMC will provide the most up-to-date information according to the program dates.
Less risk for the local population
Ethical and sustainable tourism is a big part of Premio DMC’s values. As long as vaccination efforts go as planned, participating organizations can rest easy knowing that any risk from external travelers is minimal.
We’ll update this article as vaccination rates grow and the situation changes.