Huge Change in Peru’s Vaccine Policy Coming

Yesterday Peru introduced new measures through November 18 in the fight against COVID, but the biggest announcement was through Decreto Supremo 168-2021-PCM which says that, as of December 15, 2021, people over 18 years old who wish to enter “enclosed spaces” will have to present their physical or virtual vaccination card against COVID-19 proving that they have received both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Also, the use of a mask will be required, according to the conditions indicated in Article 8 of the Supreme Decree. In the case of restaurants, the mask may be removed only at the time of eating the food.

Also, any company with more than 10 workers will be able to operate in person only if all its workers certify that they have been vaccinated against COVID-19.

Drivers and money collectors of public transportation services, as well as those who provide delivery services, will only be able to operate if they prove that they have been fully vaccinated.

As announced last month, anyone traveling on interprovincial land transportation over the age of 45 must show proof of full vaccination status.

Section 8.4 of the Decree says “the use of a KN95 mask, or failing that, a three-fold surgical mask and a community (cloth) mask on top of it, is mandatory to circulate on public roads and in enclosed places, or in places where physical or corporal distancing cannot be maintained”, but it does not mention face shields.

New restrictions also were announced that through November 28. Most of the Peru is still under Moderate Level Alert restrictions, but a handful of provinces are under High Alert Level restrictions.

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