European countries speed up vaccination, compulsory inoculation considered for some
As European nations gradually emerge from the ravages of the pandemic, some governments are getting tough on those who refuse to be vaccinated. In particular, French President Emmanuel Macron is pushing for accelerated vaccination, including compulsory vaccination for some.
A Bloomberg report says the European Union has gone from trying to manage limited vaccine stocks to more than enough, but now has to deal with declining demand from the population. Governments are caught in a dilemma over how best to persuade people to get vaccinated to ensure public safety, while respecting individual freedoms.
However, the rapid spread of the highly contagious Delta variant has led some executives to implement stringent measures. According to the Bloomberg report, France now requires proof of vaccination or a negative test to enter places such as cinemas, theaters, sports venues and festivals with more than 50 people in attendance. It is understood that this will also be the case in restaurants from August 1, while the free tests will no longer be offered to unvaccinated people.
Macron’s announcement sparked an angry backlash, with some protesters clashing with police. In Germany, Chancellor Angela Merkel takes a different approach.
“We do not intend to take this path that France has now suggested. I don’t think we can gain confidence by changing what we said before, no mandatory vaccinations.
In Italy, vaccination is compulsory for healthcare workers and the adoption of vaccination certificates is increasingly conducive to the adoption of vaccination certificates, which are currently only used for large-scale events, trips abroad and visits to nursing homes. A recent survey shows that 68% of Italians are in favor of compulsory vaccination to frequent restaurants, hotels, cinemas and travel by plane and train.
In Ireland, indoor meals are also limited to those who are fully vaccinated and in Greece, nursing home workers will need to be fully vaccinated by August 16 or risk being suspended. From September, vaccination is mandatory for healthcare staff and from Friday, proof of vaccination or a negative Covid-19 test will be required to enter restaurants and bars. However, outdoor meals will remain open to unvaccinated people.
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