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Dominicans Get Third Vaccines as Virus Rages in Next-Door Haiti

  • Global health officials call the extra doses unnecessary
  • Disease that knows no borders strains relations among nations
A health-care worker administers a Covid-19 vaccination in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

A health-care worker administers a Covid-19 vaccination in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

Photographer: Erika Santelices/AFP/Getty Images

On one side of the island of Hispaniola lies Haiti, among the Western Hemisphere’s last nations to offer its population a first dose of Covid-19 vaccine. On the opposite side, the Dominican Republic is one of the first countries to offer a third.

The nation of almost 11 million people is rushing to provide boosters as the pandemic rages in its destitute neighbor, Haiti, defying criticism from global health organizations that no scientific evidence shows they’re necessary.