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Compulsory vaccination is gaining ground in Europe

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My proposal is that (…) the deputies make a proposal to Parliament on compulsory vaccination, the Social Democrat who is about to take the head of government said in an interview with Bild TV. Text should be presented This year for entry into force in February or March, he said.

Germany had so far ruled out the radical option of imposing vaccination, retained by the Austrian neighbor.

But the debate on this issue has gained momentum in recent weeks as the country is hit hard by a new wave of contaminations.

The vaccination obligation was recently decided on for staff in nursing homes and hospitals, as well as soldiers of the Bundeswehr, and should come into force soon.

An emergency meeting between outgoing Chancellor Angela Merkel, the future coalition of Olaf Scholz and the heads of the regions was held on Tuesday to examine various measures intended to combat the fourth wave of infections, including compulsory vaccination.

During this meeting, the future chancellor has signaled his sympathy for such regulation, according to a source in his entourage.

The health situation remains very tense in Germany with, Tuesday, an incidence rate of 452.2 per 100,000 inhabitants. In Canada, this rate is half that, at 224 per 100,000 population in the past seven days.

The vaccination campaign in Germany has enabled the full vaccination of around 57 million people (68.5%) on that date.

Compulsory vaccination, long rejected by a majority of Germans, is now demanded by nearly two thirds of them (64%), according to a recent poll by RTL and ntv media.

Compulsory vaccination for Greeks over 60

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said on Tuesday that coronavirus vaccines would be mandatory for those over 60, as he is called upon to put more restrictions in place to stem the spread of COVID-19.

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The measure has yet to be put to a parliamentary vote, he added, but lawmakers are expected to approve it.

More than 500,000 Greeks over the age of 60 still refuse vaccination, often arriving at hospital and interfering with the treatment of other serious illnesses, said Mitsotakis.

Those who still refuse to be vaccinated will have to pay a monthly fine of 100 euros (CA $ 144), he added.

This is protection, not punishment, said Mitsotakis. Vaccines, testing and social distancing are the answer, not a confinement, he added.

The government has resisted calls from health experts for additional protection measures and restrictions on mobility, even among those vaccinated, as the holiday season approaches.

The pandemic has claimed more than 18,000 lives in Greece, where the death rate rose sharply in November. More than 650 people are in intensive care in the country.

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