Where vaccination is now mandatory – and who it affects

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Where vaccination is now mandatory - and who it affects


On Monday, Greece and France announced compulsory vaccination for medical staff. Other countries are also taking similar measures. In some cases, the requirements affect other groups – or even all adult citizens. An overview.


In some countries, adults cannot avoid vaccination against the coronavirus Source: AFP / FRED TANNEAU


© AFP / FRED TANNEAU
In some countries, adults cannot avoid vaccination against the coronavirus Source: AFP / FRED TANNEAU


In many countries around the world, compulsory corona vaccination is under discussion as a means of fighting the pandemic. Often – as in Germany, for example – only certain professional groups such as nursing staff or school staff are considered. Some countries have already introduced the obligation in one form or another. An overview.

Compulsory vaccination for all adults

Compulsory vaccination for the entire adult population of a country is rare. In Central Asian Tajikistan there is a government decree that everyone over the age of 18 must be vaccinated against the coronavirus. However, there are no more detailed provisions for implementing this mandatory vaccination.

The largely isolated Turkmenistan is one of the few countries in the world that has not yet officially reported a single corona case. Nevertheless, on July 7th, the Central Asian country announced compulsory corona vaccination for all residents over the age of 18 “without medical contraindications”.

In the smallest country in the world, the Vatican, compulsory vaccination was introduced for all residents and employees there on February 8th. Theoretically, the penalties for a violation extend to dismissal.

Compulsory vaccination for health workers and service providers

Some countries and areas have only made corona vaccination mandatory for certain population or occupational groups.

In France All employees of hospitals, old people’s or nursing homes must be vaccinated by September 15th at the latest. President Emmanuel Macron justified this in a televised address with the rapid spread of the delta variant of the corona virus.

Shortly before that too had Greece announced a compulsory vaccination. According to Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, it will apply to employees in old people’s homes from mid-August and to the health sector from September 1.

In Italy Doctors and other medical personnel have been obliged to immunize since May 25th. Otherwise, they face a ban from working with patients. Around 300 victims have sued against this condition, and a court hearing is planned for Wednesday.

The government in Great Britain announced on June 16 that all retirement home workers must be fully vaccinated. The vaccination requirement therefore also applies to hairdressers and other service providers as well as volunteers. The measure has yet to be approved by Parliament.

In Russia President Vladimir Putin recently again opposed mandatory nationwide vaccination despite the low vaccination rate. Moscow mayor Sergei Sobyanin ordered a kind of mandatory vaccination for the service sector on June 16. Around 60 percent of employees, around two million people, must be vaccinated by August 15. In St. Petersburg and other areas, the authorities introduced similar requirements.

All professional soldiers also run the risk of being discharged Latviawho are not fully vaccinated by August 1st.

In the USA there are only a few coercive measures: The Californian city San Francisco announced at the end of June that its 35,000 employees would have to be vaccinated, otherwise disciplinary measures up to and including dismissal could be imposed. However, this requirement will not come into effect until the vaccines are fully approved. In Texas one of the largest hospitals has fired over 150 employees or fired them after they refused to be vaccinated.

No compulsory vaccination – but high pressure

In some countries there is no formal general compulsory vaccination, but the restrictions for non-vaccinated people are so massive that they come very close to an obligation.

Saudi Arabia announced that from August only those who have been vaccinated will be allowed access to state and private facilities, including educational and entertainment venues. The same applies to using public transport – and returning to work.

In Pakistan is in the province Beluchistan Since July 1, all non-vaccinated persons have been banned from government offices, shopping centers and parks, and they are also not allowed to use public transport. In Sindh Province officials are no longer paid if they refuse to be vaccinated. The province of Punjab threatened all those who refused to be vaccinated to cut the telephone line.

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