Europe makes vaccination mandatory: the countries that impose it to stop the advance of the sixth wave | International – to the world

The sixth wave of Coronavirus it’s already a fact in Europe, and with infections rising across the continent, many countries are taking new measures and restrictions to try to contain the pandemic.

In addition, and with a view to the increasingly narrow Christmas dates, Europe is starting to shield itself to avoid an uncontrolled surge in infections at family gatherings, celebrations and crowds that are so common at Christmas. One of the incentives for data deterioration is the low rates of vaccination in neighboring countries where, during Spain has already vaccinated around 90% of the target population, countries like Austria, Germany Ö Netherlands they barely exceed 60%.

Therefore, there are already several countries that have introduced compulsory vaccination or are planning to vaccinate as many people as possible and thus raise the European vaccination average in order to overcome the new waves of COVID-19 with dignity. However, the new anticovid rules have triggered numerous Protests in different European countries, and some of them even ended with incidents between the police and the participants.

Protests in Brussels against the new anti-covid measures. / Getty Images


In Spain, the director of the Center for Coordination and Alerts and Emergencies, Fernando Simon, already considered a few weeks ago that no group would have to be vaccinated. Likewise, it does not consider it appropriate to require the submission of a COVID certificate in order to enable mobility or access to certain locations.

However, there are already several municipalities that have asked Health for a “clear and unified” decision on this, although the question is definitely in the Inter-Territorial Council of the Ministry.


On Friday, the Austrian government announced the fourth general detention since the beginning of the pandemic and, in order to get out of the “vicious circle” of restrictions, imposed compulsory vaccination for the entire population from February.

Austria, where 65% of the population has the full guideline, was the first European country to introduce a mandatory vaccination against COVID and was the first to return to custody in this latest wave.


In the meantime, your Chancellor in Germany Angela Merkel, has announced that the vaccine will be mandatory for professionals in “sensitive” areas such as medical staff or in contact with vulnerable people.

In addition, it will also put in place specific restrictions on people who have not been vaccinated, such as excluding certain public places in order to combat a new outbreak of COVID-19 infections.


The recovery in Covid-19 cases in Belgium prompted the government to tighten some restrictions this week, including compulsory vaccination for all health workers.

The measures essentially include the introduction of compulsory teleworking four days a week and the expansion of the use of the mask in institutions and cultural institutions such as restaurants or cinemas, although the COVID certificate has been requested for access.

United Kingdom

on United Kingdom. His health minister has announced that frontline public health workers must be vaccinated against the coronavirus as a fundamental requirement to continue their work.

“You have a unique responsibility,” stressed the minister, who defended the measure in order to “avoid foreseeable damage”. Only people who do not work for the public are excluded from this new regulation, which is due to come into force on April 1st next year.


The requirement to show the health certificate on all means of transport, including taxis, and the ability to stop the trains when people with symptoms of COVID-19 are traveling are some of the measures that are in place Italywhen the spread of the coronavirus increases.

In Italy, since last October 15, it has been mandatory to provide a document, both in the public and private sectors, confirming that you have been vaccinated, passed the disease or recently had a negative test.


The French government is on high alert as there has been a sharp surge in infections in recent weeks, which is not leading to a worrying situation in hospitals at the moment, and insists it has no accommodation plan.

France The booster vaccination will open in December for those over 50, but there are no plans to recommend it for those under that age.


Since the beginning of November, unvaccinated people have had to present a negative coronavirus test in order to be able to sit on the terraces of the premises, while the interior is exclusively reserved for the vaccinated.

Secondly, Greece In September, it made all health care workers and employees in old people’s centers mandatory to use the COVID vaccine.

Demonstration against the new “Anticovid” restrictions in Austria. / Getty Images


The Dutch parliament has debated the possible introduction of the so-called “2G policy” into the COVID passport, which would mean the complete exclusion of unvaccinated people from the restoration and events, even if they tested negative for coronavirus, a controversial move for Political Support is not guaranteed.

Demonstrations against compulsory vaccination

on Brussels, According to police estimates, around 35,000 people marched through the streets of the city this Sunday to protest against the restriction measures against the coronavirus in a concentration that ended with sporadic clashes and an unconfirmed number of detainees.

In Rotterdam, the Netherlands, protests against new government restrictions to contain the sixth wave of the pandemic also raged.

In Austria, too, tens of thousands have now demonstrated for the same reason. In the Austrian capital, they protested against the government-ordered prison sentence for unvaccinated people and the announcement that a law was being prepared that will make vaccination against Covid-19 compulsory next February.

What the UN thinks

A restrictive measure, such as compulsory vaccination to stop the rise in cases and deaths from Covid-19, must have “legitimate health reasons” and meet certain requirements, the Human Rights Office said HIM-HER-IT.

In this regard, the United Nations spokesman has, Liz Throssell has assured that “based on the general principles of human rights, we can say that the restriction of rights for legitimate health reasons, including compulsory vaccination, must comply with certain conditions set out in international law”.

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