Mandatory COVID-19 vaccines ‘appropiate,’ – EU official

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A top European Union official said on Wednesday it was “understandable and appropriate” to consider mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations in the face of worsening infection rates among unvaccinated people.

European Commission President, Ursula von der Leyen, told a press conference in Brussels that with rising case numbers in the EU, a discussion should be started about mandatory vaccination within the European Union.

Von der Leyen said she was speaking in a personal capacity as national governments were responsible for vaccination policy.

She, however, said there was an enormous health cost for people choosing not to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.

The EU executive branch was proposing updates to maintain cohesion among the bloc in their response to rising COVID-19 infection rates as well as the discovery of a new variant of concern, Omicron.

The commission urged people to retain a person-based approach through vaccinations and COVID-19 testing and to avoid “random” measures within the EU such as travel restrictions.

The proposals followed the decision by EU member states to coordinate the suspension of passenger flights from seven southern African countries after the first reports of the Omicron variant. 


- Dec. 1, 2021 @ 16:41 GMT |

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