From ‘no jab, no job’ to penalties; here’s how nations are making Covid vaccines compulsory
Many countries, including India, have made Covid-19 vaccine must for their employees.Author : Divyanshi Soni
Equitable access to safe and effective vaccines is critical to ending the COVID-19 pandemic, Safe and effective vaccines are a game-changing tool: but for the foreseeable future, we must continue wearing masks, cleaning our hands, as per the WHO.
Many countries, including India, have made Covid-19 vaccine must for their employees, keeping the health of their staff in mind.
In India, the Punjab government on Monday has made it mandatory for its employees to get vaccinated and has decided to grant a leave after September 15.
Here is the list of the countries which have come up with the measures related to the Covid-19 vaccine:
1. India: Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh, on Friday, announced that the government employee who hasn’t taken even the first jab of the Covid-19 vaccine, due to any reason, would be compulsorily sent on leave after September 15. This strong step is taken to ensure the health of vaccinated people/ employees.
2. United States: On Thursday, US President Joe Biden announced a new set of rules, which stated that the company (with more than 100 workers) has to ensure that its employees have taken both Covid-19 jabs and undergo weekly tests.
Many US cities have passed their separate rules, San Francisco has made it compulsory for municipal workers to get the covid vaccine, or otherwise, they may face heavy penalties. Los Angeles has made it compulsory for children above 12 years to get vaccinated by the start of the year 2022.
3. Britain: Britain government has made it mandatory for anyone working or volunteering in care homes to be fully vaccinated, from November 11, 2021.
4. Canada: Canadian government has ordered all the federal workers to get fully vaccinated by the end of September and said that passengers of commercial services like rails, air and ship should also take their jabs.
5. Italy: Italy has made it compulsory for health workers to get fully vaccinated or else they would be banned from working directly with the patients. It has also made vaccination mandatory for retirement home workers from October 3. Unvaccinated school staff has to bring a negative Covid-19 report every two days.
6. China: Local Authorities have ordered that people above 20 would not get admission in any public service, including, hospitals, schools and public transport.
7. Fiji: Fiji has introduced a “no jabs, no jobs” policy for government and public-sector employees.
8. Zimbabwe: On Wednesday, the Zimbabwe government has announced that it would force the employees to resign if they did not take the Covid-19 vaccination.