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Oct 1, 2021

Vaccination cards and test results being checked at public buildings

Persons entering government building, including employees, must now present proof of immunization or a negative COVID19 test. Across Belize City today, visitors were being asked to present their vaccination cards. News Five’s Paul Lopez visited some of the more frequented Government offices to find out how the general public is responding to these regulations. Here is that report.


Paul Lopez, Reporting

Government offices, Statutory Bodies, Police stations and court houses are now requiring visitors to present an immunization card, or a negative COVID 19 test in order to gain access to their services. Attorney General Magali Young gave us added details earlier in the week.


Magali Marin Young

Magali Marin Young, Attorney General of Belize

“For you to access public facility such as government building, building owned by statutory bodies, social security, DFC etc. You will be required to show your vaccine card or to produce a negative PCR taken within 46 hours or negative PCR test 94 hours. There will be exception to this, but it will be medical emergencies. But, if you are doing your day to day check up you do need to produce your vaccine, or negative PCR or rapid test.”


These regulations came into effect today. Initially, the Ministry of Health and Wellness announced plans to pass the measures for all building that the public has access to.


Magali Marin Young, Attorney General of Belize

“Initially when the discussion started, we were thinking of all buildings that the public access. But, Minister Chebat has been in consultations and for right now we are only doing public owned facilities, owned by the Government, or by a statutory body controlled by the government. But, there is nothing to stop private business from enacting these same regulations.”

Close to hundred and thirty thousand Belizeans fully vaccinated, while some one hundred and nine three thousand have taken at least the first dose. Belize City resident Kevin Salam is fully vaccinated.  He was in line outside the Belize City Traffic Department.


Kevin Salam

Kevin Salam, Belize City Resident

To me I done tek my two shots of vaccine already so I good to go. My whole family tek the vaccine already, so.


Paul Lopez

“So you have no problem?”


Kevin Salam

“I have no problem this. Some people, like the last time with the protest deh have, agaist the vaccine card October first. So to me it really helps Belize to get your vaccine card and to be safe on the safe side.”


According to the October first regulations, “proof of immunization” means a digital copy or a hard copy of the vaccination card. The card can be laminated or preserved in any other form. Keith Mahler is a Vital Statistics Agent. He frequents the Belize City office.


Keith Mahler

Keith Mahler, Vital Statistic Agent

“Well today is the first of the month and you have to present your card. If you do not present your card, I would say bye bye for you.”


Paul Lopez

“What is the process you underwent inside?”


Keith Mahler

“Well, I was prepared because I have already taken my shots. I took my second shot, so I am safe.”


The regulations does not apply to children under the age of twelve years, or a person seeking emergency medical attention at a public medical institution.

Reporting for News Five, I am Paul Lopez.

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