In which countries is vaccination against Covid-19 mandatory?

Mandatory vaccination against Covid-19, which is the subject of much debate in many countries, does not yet appear to be widespread in the world. And most of the countries that apply it have limited it to targeted population groups, such as healthcare workers.

Mandatory vaccination for adults

Compulsory vaccination for all adults is rare:

Tajikistan: state news agency has issued a government decree obliging all citizens over the age of 18 to be vaccinated, without giving further details or specifying under what conditions this obligation will apply.

Vatican: A decision made on February 8 made vaccination mandatory for residents of the world’s smallest country and employees working there. Sentences could theoretically be extended.

Mandatory vaccination for certain categories

Some countries or regions have introduced compulsory vaccination for certain sections of the population:

Italy: A May 25 decree obliges doctors and healthcare workers to be vaccinated against Covid-19, with penalties for not being able to practice their profession in contact with patients. Three hundred Italian health workers have filed a lawsuit against the decree and the trial is scheduled for July 14.

United Kingdom: The government announced on 16 June that it would make full vaccination against the new coronavirus mandatory for all people working in nursing homes, including non-medical staff such as hairdressers, beauticians and volunteers, who should be fully vaccinated by October, if they want to continue working in their fields. The measure has not yet been approved by Parliament.

Russia: Although President Vladimir Putin opposed the vaccination obligation at the national level, the mayor of Moscow issued a decree on June 16 on the compulsory vaccination of workers in the service sector. About 60% of these workers, or almost two million people, must be vaccinated by August 15th. Following the decision of the Moscow municipality, other local authorities such as St. Petersburg have taken similar measures.

Kazakhstan: On July 1, the government ordered the mandatory vaccination of most employees who come into close contact with other people. Those who refuse to be vaccinated will be barred from interacting with clients or other people.

USA: The city of San Francisco announced on June 23 that it would ask about 35,000 of its employees, including police and firefighters, to be vaccinated against Covid-19, under threat of disciplinary action and even dismissal. However, this measure will not take effect until the vaccines have received full approval from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

In addition, more than 150 employees at one of Texas’ largest hospitals were fired or resigned for refusing to be vaccinated against Covid-19, as requested by hospital management. Some of the employees filed a lawsuit against the hospital, but it was rejected.

France: Vaccination obligation has not yet been finalized, but the government is drafting a bill to force health workers to be vaccinated, with the vaccination rate reaching 57% in nursing homes and 64% in hospitals. On the other hand, the French government does not plan to extend the vaccination obligation to all French people, Health Minister Olivier Veran assured.

Not mandatory, but almost mandatory

In some countries, compulsory vaccination is not official, but restrictions for the unvaccinated are such that they look like a quasi-obligation:

Saudi Arabia: The kingdom announced on May 18 that vaccination will be mandatory from August for entry into government and private institutions, including education and entertainment venues, as well as public transport. At the same time, only vaccinated public and private sector employees will be able to return to their workplaces.

Pakistan: As of July 1, Balochistan province in southwestern Pakistan has banned unvaccinated people from entering public services, parks, shopping malls and public transportation.

Elsewhere in the country, officials in Sindh province who refuse to be vaccinated against Covid-19 will not be paid from July, while Punjab province has threatened to cut off telephone connections to those who refuse to roll up their sleeves to receive a vaccine injection. against the new coronavirus

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