February 16, 2022
Santo Domingo.- President Luis Abinader announced to the country this Wednesday night that all the restrictive measures imposed by COVID-19 are suspended, and that from now on we will all have to take care of ourselves, responsibly, but without restrictions.
“Measures such as the use of the mask, the need to present the vaccination card to access all places or the restrictions in public spaces today are the individual responsibility of each and every one of us. After this long battle, we began to recover our freedom," said the president.
He said that the country deserves and needs an emotional recovery and to leave behind the measures that had to be imposed for a time that is already past. The head of state offered this information through a speech addressed to the entire nation broadcast by different media outlets in the country.
Notwithstanding this announcement, the president assured that the population will continue to be voluntarily invited to be vaccinated to complete the vaccination program and continue to guarantee full access to the vaccine for everyone and in any circumstance.
“We will continue to monitor and observe the situation. The country can also be sure that, unlike in the past, today our health system is prepared to deal with any eventuality,” President Abinader assured.
During his speech, the president affirmed that the government did what it had to do to protect the people “and time has proven us right in our actions against the pandemic. We put ourselves at the forefront, we bet on contracting the widest variety of vaccines, we applied innovative treatments and we were among the first in the world to propose a third dose, despite the little faith of a few”.
The head of state thanked the doctors, the nurses and all the health personnel, the military and police, and the businessmen who provided human and economic resources for the cause.
“Thanks, above all, to the millions of Dominicans who complied with the measures and went to get vaccinated. Thanks to all this, we have overcome the worst of the pandemic: today the daily infections and those of the last four weeks are in sharp decline, we have one of the lowest mortality rates in the world and a very low hospital occupancy, ”said the president.