October 20, 2021

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Italy, France, Greece … these are the countries that have chosen to be vaccinated

Vaccine duty against Govt-19 is reaching the ground in the world in the face of advancing delta variation. It often targets targeted people like caregivers.

Mandatory for adults: still rare

In Tajikistan, the government mandates that all citizens over the age of 18 be vaccinated.

Turkmenistan, one of the few countries in the world, has not registered any cases of Govt-19, announcing on July 7 that the vaccine will be mandatory “for everyone over the age of 18 without medical complications”.

At the Vatican, a note dated February 8 made it mandatory for people living and working in the world’s smallest state to be vaccinated.

Duty for certain sections

In France, staff at hospitals, clinics and nursing homes, professionals and volunteers with the elderly must be vaccinated by September 15.

In Greece, vaccination will be mandatory for nursing home staff and caregivers from September 1 after August 16.

In Italy, a May 25 ordinance mandated that physicians and health workers be vaccinated for pain caused by inability to communicate with the public. This duty was challenged in court by 300 caretakers.

In the UK, the government announced on June 16 that it would make it mandatory for nursing home workers, including non-medical staff, to be vaccinated.

In Russia, the mayor of Moscow on June 16 ordered a mandatory vaccination of employees in the service sector. Since then, other local companies, including St. Petersburg and its region, have taken similar steps.

Kazakhstan on July 1 ordered compulsory vaccination of most employees who come in contact with others.

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The Fiji archipelago has made it mandatory for both public and private employees to be vaccinated. Officers must retire if the first injection is not given by August 15 and there is a risk of dismissal if not given a second time by November 1st. In the private sector, employees must have received their first dose by August 1st.

In Equatorial Guinea, vaccination has been mandatory since July 20 for some professions, such as the military, health workers or teachers.

In Hungary, Prime Minister Victor Orban announced on July 16 that vaccination would be mandatory for caregivers, without specifying when.

In the United States, the city of San Francisco announced at the end of June that it would ask about 35,000 of its employees to be vaccinated. However, this requirement will not take effect until the vaccines are fully approved by the US Drug Enforcement Administration (FDA).

Not mandatory, but almost

In some countries, the duty is not formal, but the restrictions for the undeclared are similar to a semi-duty:

In the United States, the White House announced Thursday that federal employees must be vaccinated or continue to wear a mask and undergo routine check-ups once or twice a week. They will be limited in their movements. The federal government employs 4 million people.

Earlier, New York City announced that staff at public hospitals in the metropolis would, from Aug. 2, be vaccinated or tested weekly. The same measure applies to all city officials (including police, firefighters and teachers) from Sept. 13.

On May 18, Saudi Arabia announced that the vaccine would be mandatory from August onwards to enter public and private institutions, including educational and recreational areas and public transport. Only vaccinated employees in the public and private sectors can return to their workplace.

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In Pakistan, the province of Balochistan has banned public, parks, shopping malls and public transport from July 1.

Officials in Sindh province who refuse to be vaccinated will no longer be paid, while Punjab province has threatened to cut off telephones to those who refuse to be vaccinated.

In China, in mid-July, twenty local communities, including the city of Xujiang (approximately 510,000 people, southwest), warned that people over the age of 18 would soon be barred from hospitals, schools or even public transportation. Central Tianhe County, for its part, threatened to fire unannounced officers by July 20.