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Finland requires proof of COVID-19 vaccination from health workers

Syringes with AstraZeneca vaccine against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) are pictured at Laakso Hospital in Helsinki, Finland, March 11, 2021. REUTERS/Essi Lehto

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HELSINKI, Dec. 8 (Reuters) – Finland plans to make COVID-19 vaccines mandatory for health and social workers, the government said on Wednesday.

The new legislation would also give social and healthcare employers access to information about employees’ COVID-19 vaccinations and possible past infections.

“This regulation would make it possible to ensure the health and safety of social and health workers and thus the availability of services,” Minister of Family and Social Services Krista Kiuru told a news conference.

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Workers who cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons can be exempted if they have taken a COVID-19 test, says the government proposal, which will still be submitted to parliament for approval.

Despite the number of infections increasing daily towards Christmas, Finland remains one of the countries least affected by the pandemic.

The Scandinavian nation of 5.5 million people has recorded 197,476 cases and 1,389 deaths to date, and has vaccinated 81.8% of people 12 years of age or older with two doses of vaccine.

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Reporting by Essi Lehto; Editing by Kevin Liffey and Angus MacSwan

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