Brief: Covid vaccine mandate worldwide | Coronavirus

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The UK became the latest country to introduce a vaccine mandate on the Tuesday after The government announced that all NHS workers would have to be fired by next spring.

Although Mandatory shots have been ordered in many other countries, some have balked at the measures and resorted to protests and legal action.

In it USA, which is struggling with very slow vaccine collection rates, the Biden administration plans to get US companies with 100 or more workers to vaccinate their staff or take regular tests has been opposed by Republicans and trade groups.

On Saturday, a The federal appeals court in Louisiana temporarily stopped the vaccine requirement for affected companies. The administration says they are convinced that the requirement will meet legal challenges in part because its security rules prejudge state laws.

About 4 million federal workers will be vaccinated by November 22, according to the president’s executive order. Some employees, such as those in the White House, are almost all vaccinated. But prices are lower at other federal agencies, especially those related to law enforcement and intelligence, according to authorities and union leaders.

About 9,000 New York City municipal workers were put on unpaid leave last week for refusing to attend a covid-19 vaccine, while thousands of firefighters had called in sick people in obvious protest against the move.

Italy was the first country in Europe to make the covid-19 vaccine compulsory for healthcare professionals, but in the midst of increasing cases and a slower vaccination rate, the debate is increasing about the possibility of extending the mandatory requirement to other groups.

Deputy Health Minister Andrea Costa said last week that the idea of ​​making the vaccine mandatory for certain categories was “not taboo”, adding: “Let’s see the next few weeks and see what vaccination data is.”

Italy hopes to reach its vaccine coverage target of 90% of the population soon. On Tuesday, almost 84% of the population over the age of 12 had been fully vaccinated. But the country’s controversial health pass, required by all workers to prove vaccination, immunization or a negative test result before entering the workplace, has not triggered the desired boom in vaccine intake since its adoption in October.

In September, Prime Minister Mario Draghi put forward the idea of ​​making the vaccine mandatory for the entire population. On Tuesday, former Prime Minister Romano Prodi said: “When there is a plague, vaccines should be mandatory.”

Protesters gathered outside New Zealand Parliament in Wellington on Tuesday to protest the government’s vaccine mandate and government shutdowns.

New Zealand has struggled to combat a highly contagious outbreak of the Delta variant this year, forcing Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern to move from a strategy of elimination through locks to living with the virus with higher vaccinations.

Last month, Ardern said the country would require teachers and workers in the health and disability sectors to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19, and has said that restrictions will only end after 90% of the eligible population has been inoculated.

While the demonstration was peaceful, many people carried signs and placards with messages such as “Freedom” and “Kiwi are not lab rats” and shouted slogans demanding that the government revoke mandatory vaccination and lift restrictions.

In early October Canadian The government said it would require everyone working in the federal public service and federally regulated transportation sectors to be vaccinated. All central federal officials – including members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police – who are unwilling to disclose their vaccination status or to be fully vaccinated will have unpaid administrative leave from 15 November.

Two months ago, France shut down 3,000 unpaid health workers for refusing the Covid vaccine. The Minister of Health, Olivier Véran, said that the staff had been notified in writing before government imposed deadline to have at least one dose.

in Véran “several dozen” had resigned instead of receiving the vaccine, but with an estimated 2.7 million health workers in France, “continued health care is guaranteed,” he said.

Singapore, meanwhile, has chosen a financial incentive to get people vaccinated, and announces that from 8 December, will no longer pay Covid-19 medical bills for people “unvaccinated by choice”.

The government currently covers all Covid medical expenses for all Singaporeans, as well as permanent residents and long-term visa holders, unless they test positive shortly after returning home from abroad.

It said unvaccinated people “make up a significant majority of those in need of intensive inpatient care and disproportionately contribute to the strain on our healthcare resources”.

Indonesia announced compulsory vaccination in February, with high fines for those who do not follow.