In mid-July, 60% of employees in this industry of millions of people must have received at least one injection. This announcement, even if it is limited, constitutes a major shift for Russia.
Prior to this, mandatory vaccination was emerging in Russia. For now, this will be limited: According to a decree issued by the Mayor of Moscow on Wednesday, June 16, employees of the service department as well as teachers or municipal employees must be vaccinated in the capital. The first deadline set by the authorities: In mid-July, 60% of employees in the industry must receive at least one injection, and the industry employs millions of people. Employers must produce reports on the progress of their company’s vaccination.
In the process, the Moscow region extending beyond the capital indicated that the same measures and the same timetable were adopted. In the past year and a half, the decisions made by Moscow are often imitated by other countries. Mayor Sergei Sobyanin often applauds the central government. On Friday, June 11, he mentioned a situation “dramatic” In his city.
The published official text is still vague on two central points: Why can employers force employees to be vaccinated? What are the penalties for non-compliance?Testimony received world Partially clarifies the last point: a Moscow employee claimed to have received instructions on Wednesday, June 16 to be vaccinated every Monday or to have a negative PCR test-three violations of this obligation resulted in dismissal.
This mandatory vaccination, even if it is limited, is a major shift. On May 26, Vladimir Putin reiterated that such measures are “Untimely” ; The chairman of the Federation Council even saw there “Flagrant violation of the law”On Wednesday, after the announcement in Moscow, the Kremlin spokesperson continued to mysteriously and oppose all evidence to ensure that he was not “There is absolutely no problem with compulsory vaccination”.
Nevertheless, the failure of the vaccination campaign seems to have prompted this decision. I am particularly proud that Russia is one of the first countries to introduce a vaccine, using Sputnik-V, but has never succeeded in winning the support of its people. According to the census conducted on the Gogov website, so far, 13% of Russians have received at least one dose of the vaccine. The website aggregates regional and media data because of the lack of official national statistics; it has not been affected by shortages like other regions. In Moscow, the figure is 14%. A few days ago, the city hall even put five cars into service every week to encourage vaccination.