Moscow Mayor Sergey Sobyanin decided to implement mandatory coronavirus vaccination for all employees in the service industry to alleviate the sharp deterioration of the epidemic situation.
“We must make every effort to carry out mass vaccination as soon as possible and prevent this terrible disease and the death of thousands of people,” Sobyanin declared.
Due to the rapid spread of the infection, he has announced a week of rest. Currently, 12,000 people in Moscow are hospitalized due to the coronavirus.
“As of the end of 2020, the mortality rate has reached a record level,” Sobyanin warned.
The introduction of vaccination obligations is the first time that Russia has taken such measures. This is contrary to the position of President Vladimir Putin, who called for citizens to be vaccinated but opposed compulsory vaccination.
According to official data, there are between 12 and 13 million people in Moscow. According to city officials, only 1.8 million people have been vaccinated so far. Russia announced earlier today that it had confirmed 13,397 new infections and 396 deaths in the past 24 hours. There were 5,782 new infections in Moscow and 75 deaths.
The Russians are full of distrust of vaccines. According to the Gogov portal, so far, 19 million people (less than 13% of the total population) have received at least one dose of the vaccine.
Russia is one of the countries most severely affected by the epidemic in the world. According to data from the statistical agency Rostat, as of the end of April, there were more than 270,000 deaths, twice the official figure, of which 127,576 died of covid-19.
Demographic data shows that compared with the same period last year, the death rate between January and April 2021 has increased significantly-752,000 deaths compared to 611,000 in the same period last year. There were 2.1 million deaths last year, and 1.8 million deaths the previous year, an increase of 18%.