These countries have made vaccines compulsory

A sharp rise in infections caused by the variant and a slowdown in vaccinations has prompted governments to make COVID-19 vaccines mandatory for health workers and other high-risk groups.

An increasing number of countries are also making injections compulsory for public servants and other workers.

Here are the vaccine mandates of some countries, classified according to the categories of people affected:


** INDONESIA made vaccinations mandatory in February, warning that anyone who refused to be vaccinated could be denied welfare or government services or be forced to pay a fine.

** MICRONESIA, a small island nation in the South Pacific, requested in July that its adult population be inoculated.

** TURKMENISTAN made vaccination mandatory for all residents aged 18 and over.


** CANADA in October, he said he would place unvaccinated federal employees on unpaid leave and require COVID-19 injections for air, rail and sea passengers. It will also demand that all of its 338 lawmakers be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 when they return to work on November 22.

** COSTA RICA in September asked all officials to get vaccinated.

** EGYPT will require public sector workers to get vaccinated or take a weekly coronavirus test to be allowed to work in government buildings after November 15.

** FIJI introduced a “no jab, no job” policy in August, with unvaccinated officials being forced to go on leave and subsequently sacked if they are still not vaccinated in November. Employees of private companies could also be subject to fines and companies could be forced to shut down their operations due to vaccine refusals.

** HUNGARY, which previously made COVID injections mandatory for healthcare workers, said in October it would also require employees in public institutions to be vaccinated.

** ITALY made COVID-19 health passes mandatory for all workers in October. Workers unable to show proof of vaccination, a negative test or recent recovery from infection would be suspended without pay and face a fine if they tried to continue working.

** LATVIA Nov. 4 authorized companies to fire workers who refuse to get vaccinated or switch to remote work.

** RUSSIA the capital Moscow ordered the vaccination of all workers in public roles in June, giving companies a month to ensure that at least 60% of staff received the first doses, while St. Petersburg ordered the 9 November compulsory vaccination for people over 60 and those with chronic diseases.

** SAUDI ARABIA in May demanded that all public and private sector workers wishing to go to a workplace be vaccinated. People must also be vaccinated to enter any public, private or educational establishment.

** TUNISIA in October mandated officials, employees and visitors to present a card proving vaccination to access public and private administrations. Unvaccinated employees would be suspended from work until they were able to present the pass.

** TURKEY began requiring negative COVID-19 tests and proof of vaccination for certain sectors in August, including teachers and national travel workers.

** UKRAINE in October made vaccinations compulsory for public sector employees, including teachers. Unvaccinated people also face restrictions on access to restaurants, sports and other public events.

** UNITED STATES On September 10, President Joe Biden ordered all federal workers and contractors to get vaccinated. A mandate that workers in the private sector should be vaccinated or tested every week will be in effect from January 4.

In late June, vaccinations were made mandatory for high-risk elderly care workers and quarantine hotel workers.

** BRITTANY in October made the vaccination of nursing home staff compulsory in England. Health workers in England will need to be vaccinated by April 1.

** FRANCE demanded that all healthcare and nursing home workers, home helpers and emergency care technicians had at least their first shot by September 15, with around 3,000 workers suspended for breach of mandate .

** GREECE made vaccinations mandatory for nursing home staff in July and healthcare workers in September.

** NEW ZEALAND said in October he would demand that teachers and workers in the health and disability sectors be fully immunized.


** Western Australia will require all employees working in mining, oil and gas exploration receive their first dose by December 1 and be fully immunized by January 1.

** CHINA the capital Beijing is demanding a vaccine booster for key workers on construction sites, including cooks, security guards and cleaning staff.

** KAZAKHSTAN introduced compulsory vaccinations or weekly tests for people working in groups of more than 20 people.


** AUSTRIA bans people not fully vaccinated from cafes, restaurants and hairdressers from November 8, with measures likely to remain in effect through Christmas and New Years.

** BULGARIA As of October 21, a COVID-19 “health pass” was made mandatory for people visiting public places such as cafes, hotels, concert halls, museums and swimming pools.

** CZECH REPUBLIC on October 20, it would force restaurants and clubs to check COVID certificates showing a person’s vaccination or test status.

** France will require people aged 65 and over to present proof of a recall from mid-December for health cards giving access to restaurants, trains and planes to remain valid.

** LEBANON entry limited to restaurants, cafes, pubs and beaches to people with vaccination certificates or those who have been tested for antibodies.

** MOROCCO introduced a vaccine pass on October 21 to access all government buildings, as well as spaces such as cafes, restaurants, cinemas, gyms and transportation.

** NETHERLANDS introduced in September a health record with proof of vaccination to go to bars, restaurants, clubs or cultural events.

** ROMANIA made health passes mandatory for entry to most public places from October 25.

** Numerous
Russian Areas that have emerged from a workplace closure now require people to show proof of vaccination or previous infection when visiting cafes, restaurants or shopping malls.

** SWITZERLAND requires people entering bars, restaurants and fitness centers to present a COVID status certificate providing proof of vaccination, recovery from infection, or negative test result.

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