February 22, 2024

Vaccine mandates 2: policies around the world

100% vaccination rates are not even theoretically achievable. But that seems to be the goal of many governments. Here are a few of the tougher approaches:

United States. As noted in another article in BioEdge this week, the Biden Administration’s plan to force larger employers to enforce a vaccine mandate have been sunk by the Supreme Court.

Greece. The jab will be mandatory for all Greeks above 60. The unvaccinated must pay a 100 Euro fine every month they don’t get a shot, with the funds going to hospital services.

Austria. Austria planned to introduce mandatory vaccination in February. Technical difficulties have derailed these plans, although the government still intends to forge ahead. Sceptics say that the rapid spread of the Omicron variant is accelerating immunisation and may force a re-evaluation of the mandate.

Hungary. The government permits employers make vaccinations compulsory in an effort to push their employees to get the shot. Refusniks can be placed on unpaid leave. 

Singapore. Singapore is relying on financial incentives. Those who choose not to be vaccinated must pay for their own medical bills if they get Covid.

Vatican. Employees who cannot prove they have been vaccinated or have recovered from the coronavirus will not be allowed to go to work and will not be paid, although benefits and family allowances will continue.

Quebec: The government plans to fine the unvaxxed, although it faces legal uncertainty. “A health contribution will be charged to all adults that don’t want to get vaccinated. We are there now,” said Premier François Legault. “Those who refuse to get the shot bring a financial burden to hospital staff and Quebecers. The 10% of the population can’t burden the 90%.”