Ukraine imposes mandatory COVID-19 injections for doctors, municipal staff – Community News

Ukraine imposes mandatory COVID-19 injections for doctors, municipal staff

A medical worker fills a syringe while a woman waits before receiving a dose of a vaccine against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at a vaccination center at the Cathedral of the Resurrection of Christ in Kiev, Ukraine, Nov. 8, 2021. REUTERS/ Valentin Ogirenko

Kiev, Nov. 11 (Reuters) – Ukraine’s health ministry has proposed expanding the list of occupations requiring COVID-19 vaccinations to include medical and municipal workers, it said Thursday.

The government already obliges teachers and employees of state institutions and local governments to be vaccinated, without which they risk being suspended.

The new list of jobs requiring vaccination includes medical personnel, municipal employees and employees of municipal companies, Health Minister Viktor Lyashko said.

Ukraine has registered a record number of coronavirus cases and deaths in recent weeks, and the government has imposed strict lockdowns and promoted vaccination in a bid to fight back.

The ministry has registered 3.16 million cases and 74,857 deaths since the start of the pandemic.

But Ukraine is one of many countries in Eastern Europe with vaccination rates that are among the lowest in the continent. Only about 8.3 million in a population of 41 million are fully vaccinated.

Reporting by Pavel Polityuk; Editing by Jan Harvey

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