Public health and Covid-19 in Dominica

Healthcare in Dominica

Healthcare in Dominica is slightly above average in a global comparison.

Probably the most important indicator that can be used to summarize the efficiency of all measures is general life expectancy. In other words, the theoretical age that a newborn child could potentially reach today. At the moment, this age in Dominica is 69.7 years for men and 76.3 years for women. For comparison: worldwide life expectancy is about 1.6 years lower (men: 68.9 / women: 73.9 years).

A total of 426.66 USD per inhabitant is spent annually on health measures at state expense. This corresponds to approximately 5.6 percent of the gross domestic product. Internationally, this amount averages 1,177.15 USD (~ 10.9% of the respective GDP).

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Spread of COVID-19 in Dominica

Since the beginning of the pandemic until June 4th, 2023, a total of 15,760 infected people and 74 deaths have been reported in Dominica.

The total of 15,760 infected people currently represents 21.89 percent of the total population.

Current vaccination status

According to official WHO data, a total of 67,647 vaccine doses have been administered as of May 5th, 2023. More recent data are not yet available to WHO. There are 32,995 people who have received at least one vaccination (45.8 percent). The booster vaccination was received by 3,993 people (5.6 percent).

30,659 of these are considered fully vaccinated in Dominica (= 42.6 percent).
This puts Dominica well behind in terms of vaccination coverage. The vaccination rate is higher in 162 countries.

Weight and size

Body height180 cm167 cm
Weight80.7 kg80.8 kg


DominicaØ worldwide
Diabetes *11.60%8.81%

* The number of people suffering from diabetes refers only to inhabitants aged between 20 and 79 years.

Child vaccinations

DominicaØ worldwide
Hepatitis B0.09%0.08%
DTP *9.20%8.14%

* DTP is a combined basic vaccination against diphtheria, pertussis (whooping cough) and tetanus, which should be given to children up to the age of 23 months.

Medical supplies

Public health and Covid-19 in DominicaThe medical care provided by doctors and hospitals in Dominica is above average, but is not as good as the average within the EU. The country provides 3.8 hospital beds per 1,000 inhabitants. The global mean here is 2.9 beds. Within the EU, 4.6 beds are available for every 1,000 residents.

With about 78 physicians in Dominica, there are about 1.08 doctors per 1000 inhabitants. Here again the comparison: worldwide this standard is 1.50 physicians per 1,000 inhabitants and in the EU is 3.57.


The above data correspond to the information from the World Health Organization, Global Health Workforce Statistics, UNICEF, State of the World's Children, Childinfo, Global Health Observatory Data Repository and OECD. The case numbers for the spread of the COVID-19 come from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).

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