Mandatory immunization against COVID-19 is a last resort that should only be used if all other measures to increase the number of vaccinations are exhausted, says Kluge.
– The effectiveness of compulsory vaccination depends on the social context. (…) What is acceptable in one society or community may not be accepted and tolerated in another, said the regional head of WHO, emphasizing that in the case of compulsory vaccination, public trust in the authorities is needed.
At the briefing of the European branch of WHO, it was also called for greater protection against infection in children aged 5-14 years. This group was rated the most affected by COVID-19 cases. – In children (…) the number of SARS-CoV-2 infections is now two or even three times higher than in the general population – noted Kluge.
As Reuters reminds, more and more countries in Europe, including Germany, are considering introducing mandatory vaccination against the coronavirus. In Austria, after the announcement of compulsory vaccinations in November, large protests broke out. The obligation is to apply there from February 1, 2022.
Outside Europe, vaccination against COVID-19 is now mandatory in Indonesia, Micronesia and Turkmenistan, reports Reuters.