Compulsory corona vaccination as a means against the pandemic is being discussed in many countries. Often – as in Germany, for example – only certain professional groups such as nursing staff or school staff are considered. Some countries have already introduced the obligation in one form or another:
Vaccination is rare for everyone
Compulsory vaccination for the entire adult population of a country is rare. One example is Tajikistan in Central Asia.
The largely isolated Turkmenistan is one of the few countries in the world that has not yet officially reported a single corona case. Nevertheless, in the Central Asian country there is a compulsory corona vaccination for all residents over the age of 18 “without medical contraindications”.
In the smallest country in the world, the Vatican, a compulsory vaccination was introduced for all residents and employees there on February 8th. Theoretically, the penalties for a violation can range up to dismissal.
For certain groups
Some countries and areas have only made corona vaccination compulsory for certain population or occupational groups.
In the United States, President Joe Biden announced on Thursday that all federal agency employees and government contractor employees would be vaccinated. Employees in state-sponsored nursing homes and in schools controlled by the federal government can no longer avoid vaccination.
In Canada, compulsory vaccination is planned for 300,000 federal officials as well as all train, air and ship travelers.
In France, from (today) Wednesday, a corona vaccination is mandatory for all employees of hospitals, old people’s or nursing homes, care services as well as employees of rescue services and fire brigade.
In Greece, the corona vaccination became compulsory for staff in old people’s homes in mid-August, and it came into force in the health sector on September 1.
In Italy, doctors and other medical personnel have been obliged to immunize since May 25th. Otherwise, they face a ban on working with patients. On October 10th, the regulation will be extended to the employees of old people’s homes.
All professional soldiers in Latvia who are not fully vaccinated against corona also risk their release.
The UK government made it mandatory for staff in retirement homes to be vaccinated from November 11th. A debate was also launched on extending compulsory vaccination to the entire health sector.
For Hungary, Prime Minister Viktor Orban announced in mid-July that nursing staff would be vaccinated. In Central Asian Kazakhstan, the majority of workers who come into contact with other people at work have to be vaccinated.
In Zimbabwe, it was announced on Wednesday that unvaccinated officials would have to take their hats off. In the West African Gambia, a vaccination is mandatory for employees in the tourism industry. In Equatorial Guinea, Central Africa, soldiers, health workers and teachers have to be vaccinated.
No compulsory vaccination – but as good as
In some countries there is formally no general compulsory vaccination, but the restrictions for non-vaccinated people are so massive that they come very close to an obligation.
In Saudi Arabia, only those who have been vaccinated have access to government and private facilities, including educational and entertainment venues and public transport.
In the province of Balochistan in Pakistan, all non-vaccinated persons have been banned from government offices, shopping centers and parks since July 1, nor are they allowed to use public transport.
Requirements of the employer
The number of companies that impose compulsory vaccinations on their workforce or parts of them is also growing. This applies in particular to the USA, where large companies such as the drugstore chain CVS, Chevron, Disney or Goldman Sachs have made corona vaccination compulsory. The Australian airline Qantas also requires all its employees to be vaccinated.