Categorically excluded until then, compulsory vaccination is emerging in Russia. For the time being, it will be limited: according to a decree from the mayor of Moscow published on Wednesday June 16, employees in the service sector, but also teachers or municipal employees, will be required to be vaccinated in the capital. First deadline set by the authorities: in mid-July, 60% of employees in this sector, which employs millions of people, must have received at least one injection. Employers will have to produce reports on the progress of vaccination in their companies.
In the process, the Moscow region, which extends beyond the capital, indicated to adopt the same measure and the same timetable. For a year and a half, the decisions taken in Moscow have often been imitated in the rest of the country, and the mayor, Sergei Sobyanin, has regularly played the goads, including for the central power. Friday, June 11, he mentioned a situation “Dramatic” in his city.
The official texts made public remain vague on two central points: on what basis will employers be able to force their employees to be vaccinated? And what are the penalties for those who fail to meet the targets? A testimony received by The world partially sheds light on this last point: a Moscow employee claims to have received instructions, Wednesday, June 16, to be vaccinated or to produce a negative PCR test every Monday – three breaches of this obligation leading to dismissal.
Failure of the vaccination campaign
This compulsory vaccination, even limited, is a major turnaround. On May 26, Vladimir Putin repeated again that such a measure was “Inopportune” ; the president of the Federation Council even saw there “A flagrant violation of the law”. On Wednesday, after the Moscow announcements, the Kremlin spokesman continued, moreover, mysteriously and against all evidence, to ensure that he is not “Absolutely no question of compulsory vaccination”.
Moscow City Hall went so far as to bring five cars a week into play to encourage vaccination.
Still, the failure of the vaccination campaign seems to have motivated this decision. Particularly proud to have been among the first nations to present a vaccine, with Sputnik-V, Russia has never succeeded in winning the support of its population. To date, 13% of Russians have received at least one dose, according to the census carried out by the Gogov site, which aggregates data from regions and media for lack of official national statistics; in Moscow, which has not been affected like other regions by the shortages, the figure is 14%. A few days ago, the town hall went so far as to bring five cars a week into play to encourage vaccination.
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