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World European Union mulling mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations

02:04  02 december  2021
02:04  02 december  2021 Source:   foxnews.com

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Both countries have also made vaccination mandatory for health workers — two of five countries to do so in Europe , according to the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control . France was the first to set the trend towards mandates in Europe , after its vaccination rollout stalled. In Greece, where infections are rising, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said Tuesday that Covid - 19 vaccinations would be made mandatory for all citizens over the age of 60. The Greek government had recently banned unvaccinated adult citizens from entering cinemas, theaters, museums or gyms

After two dozen countries have reported cases of the omicron variant, the European Union (EU) countries might be headed towards mandatory vaccination to fight the spread of COVID-19, according to head of EU commission.

Given only a third of the EU population is still unvaccinated, the head of EU commission Ursula von der Leyen said, "My personal position is… I think it is understandable and appropriate to lead this discussion now."

The EU has increased travel restrictions since the variant was first reported and as cases continue to spike across Europe, according to a recent report.

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On 17 June 2020, the European Commission presented the EU Vaccines Strategy to accelerate the development, manufacturing and deployment of vaccines against COVID - 19 . With the vaccines strategy, the Commission supported efforts to make the process more efficient, resulting in this timeframe being The vaccine strategy should act as a reference point for Member States when formulating their national vaccination strategies. Safe and effective vaccines started to be distributed in the EU by the end of 2020, following strict authorisation procedures and the highest safety standards.

Since the start of COVID - 19 vaccine deployment in the EU /EEA in December 2020, the cumulative uptake of a full vaccination course has reached 64.8% (range: 22.5-81.2%) in the total population and 76% (range: 27-92.4%) in the adult population aged 18 years and above (pooled data from 30 reporting countries). Some countries have also introduced incentives to be vaccinated , while others have mandatory vaccination for healthcare workers. Increasing vaccination uptake and ensuring all eligible individuals are fully vaccinated , especially those at higher risk of severe disease, continues to be the

On November 26, the World Health Organization (WHO) designated the variant B.1.1.529 as a variant of concern, also called omicron, based on the evidence that omicron has several mutations that may increase its chance of transmissibility.

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"Preliminary data suggests that there are increasing rates of hospitalization in South Africa, but this may be due to increasing overall numbers of people becoming infected, rather than a result of specific infection with omicron. There is currently no information to suggest that symptoms associated with omicron are different from those from other variants," according the Sunday press release.

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Vaccines authorised in the European Union ( EU ) to prevent COVID - 19 , following evaluation by the European Medicines Agency (EMA). EMA is not involved in advising on travel requirements in the EU , such as vaccination , quarantine or testing for travellers. Decisions about which COVID - 19 vaccines are included, for example, in the EU Digital COVID Certificate, are taken by the EU Member States.

"Initial reported infections were among university students—younger individuals who tend to have more mild disease—but understanding the level of severity of the omicron variant will take days to several weeks."

Some EU states are proactively taking steps towards mandatory vaccination, including Austria, which announced mandatory vaccinations from February next year, while Greece is levying fines against those who are unvaccinated over the age of 60 years old. France announced COVID-19 passes will be deactivated for those adults who have not received boosters, starting in mid January, according to the BBC report.

"The most effective steps individuals can take to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus is to keep a physical distance of at least 1 meter from others; wear a well-fitting mask; open windows to improve ventilation; avoid poorly ventilated or crowded spaces; keep hands clean; cough or sneeze into a bent elbow or tissue; and get vaccinated when it’s their turn," according to the WHO press release.

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