How Countries have made COVID-19 vaccines compulsory

Aneela SiddiquiWeb Editor

30th Jul, 2021. 07:48 pm

Countries have made COVID-19 vaccinations compulsory for health professionals and other high-risk groups owing to a substantial increase in new coronavirus infections caused by the highly infectious Delta variant and a slowdown in vaccination rates.

Here are some countries’ vaccine mandates:


According to CBC News, Canada’s Treasury Board Secretariat is examining whether COVID-19 vaccinations should be needed for specific jobs and positions in the federal government.


In February, Indonesia made COVID-19 vaccinations mandatory, with fines of up to 5 million rupiahs ($357) for those who refused the vaccine.


COVID-19 vaccines were made obligatory for high-risk aged-care workers and staff in quarantine hotels in Australia in late June. Vaccinations are also required for Paralympic athletes travelling to Tokyo since unvaccinated members of the squad could pose a health risk.


Greece made vaccines mandatory for nursing home employees with immediate effect on July 12 and for healthcare personnel starting in September. Only vaccinated clients are permitted within clubs, cinemas, theatres, and other enclosed areas as part of new precautions.


From August, Poland may make vaccines mandatory for those persons who are at high risk of contracting COVID-19.


From October, coronavirus vaccines will be required for care home employees in England. From the end of September, customers of English nightclubs and other places with large crowds will be required to provide proof of complete vaccination.


Hungary’s government has decided to make COVID-19 vaccinations mandatory for healthcare workers as part of efforts to contain the pandemic, Prime Minister Viktor Orban told public radio on July 23.


According to the Moscow Times, the Russian capital has announced a plan that requires 60 percent of all service sector workers to be completely vaccinated by August 15. From July 19, citizens of Moscow will no longer be required to show a QR code proving vaccination or immunity in order to sit in cafés, restaurants, or bars.


US President Joe Biden is set to declare on July 29 that all civilian government workers would be required to get vaccinated against the coronavirus or face frequent testing, social distancing, mask requirements, and travel restrictions.


From July 14, visitors to Malta were not allowed to enter unless they were properly vaccinated against COVID-19.


Under new restrictions issued by President Emmanuel Macron on July 12, all health professionals in France must obtain COVID-19 vaccinations, and anybody wishing to enter a theatre or board a train must provide proof of vaccination or a negative test.


The Italian government passed a regulation in March requiring health professionals, including pharmacists, to get vaccinated. Those who reject might face a year-long suspension without pay.


Kazakhstan’s health ministry said on June 23 that anyone working in groups of more than 20 will be required to have COVID-19 vaccines or undergo weekly testing.

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