“The introduction of mandatory vaccination against Covid-19 is a last resort,” said Dr. Hans Kluge, director of the World Health Organization (WHO) for Europe, at a virtual press conference. “This should only be used when all other measures to increase the number of vaccinations have been exhausted,” he believes.
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 the regional head of the WHO said, stressing that in the case of compulsory vaccination, public confidence in the authorities is needed.
The briefing of the European branch of WHO also called for the surroundings to be more protected against infection children 5-14 years old. This group was assessed as the most affected by Covid-19 cases.
In children (…), the number of SARS-CoV-2 infections today is two or even three times higher than in the general population Kluge noted.
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, immunization against Covid-19 is now mandatory in Indonesia, Micronesia and Turkmenistan, reports Reuters.
The element that we have decided recently is compulsory vaccinations for selected groups of employees – Health Minister Adam Niedzielski announced today at a press conference on new restrictions.
Following in the footsteps of Germany, Austria, from March 1 we will want to introduce obligatory vaccinations for three groups: the first group are medics, the second group are teachers, the third group are uniformed services – said Adam Niedzielski at the press conference.
In Poland, 3,717,520 people have taken a booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine – reported on Tuesday on government websites. The number of all vaccinations against Covid-19 performed in our country is over 43 million. More than 20.5 million citizens are fully vaccinated.
In Poland, from the end of December 2020, 43,054,863 injections were made. There are 20 526 999 people in Poland fully vaccinated, i.e. with two doses of preparations from Pfizer / BioNTech, Moderna and AstraZeneca or with a single dose vaccine from Johnson & Johnson.