On 15 March 2023, the Administrative Tribunal of San José granted a request for precautionary measure filed by a group of parents against the Costa Rican Social Security Fund, the National Vaccination and Epidemiology Commission, and the Ministry of Health.
The precautionary measure requested the suspension of the application of Executive Decree No. 43364, which made Covid-19 vaccination mandatory for minors, specifically for children aged 12 to 17.
The court found that there were serious doubts about the constitutionality and legality of Executive Decree No. 43364, particularly regarding the mandatory vaccination of minors aged 12 to 17. The applicants had argued that there was no scientific evidence to support mandatory vaccination for this age group, and the court found there was sufficient grounds to consider their arguments.
Therefore, the court granted the precautionary measure and temporarily suspended the application of Executive Decree No. 43364 until a final decision is made on the merits of the case.
Reference: resolución n°2023-120377.