In Italy there is talk of vaccination obligation, but not all the government majority thinks the same way. Matteo Salvini is against it and stresses that no other European country has made the vaccine mandatory. So what are the countries where the government has introduced the vaccination obligation for all citizens? There are only four, for now, in the world: here are which ones.
Mario Draghi is in favor of the vaccination obligation for all citizens. Italy was the first country in the European Union to introduce the compulsory vaccine against Covid for healthcare professionals, and now it plans to extend it to the entire population. However, not everyone within the government majority agrees: the leader of the League, Matteo Salvini, has repeatedly reiterated that he is against the obligation, stressing that this does not exist in any other European country. In fact, at the moment no country in Europe has imposed the obligation of vaccination for its citizens. Many are waiting for the European Medicines Agency to speak, in other cases the discussion is not open. But how are things in the rest of the world? There are, so far, only four governments in the world that have imposed the vaccine on all citizens. These are Indonesia, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan and the Federated States of Micronesia.
In Indonesia vaccination against the coronavirus is mandatory for the entire population since last February, even before the vaccination campaign in the country began. For violators, fines of up to 5 million rupees are foreseen, which correspond roughly to 400 euros. A very high sum in the country, since the minimum wage is around 250 euros.
In the other three countries, however, the obligation was introduced during the summer to cope with the new surge in the contagion curve. In Turkmenistan the obligation arrived on 7 July and is valid for all citizens and residents aged 18 and over. In TajikistanInstead, the mandatory vaccine was introduced on July 3: it is the first country in the world to have done so. In the federated states of Micronesia the obligation always arrived in July although in reality the strict containment measures were already in themselves keeping the circulation of the virus under control.
Then there is the case of Kazakhstan, which in June had made it compulsory for at least 60% of workers in a number of sectors, including for example health and education. A month later, others were added, such as transport and retail. In Saudi Arabia the vaccine is imposed on all workers, both public and private, who wish to return to their workplace in presence. In Australia the vaccine is mandatory for healthcare personnel working in retirement homes and hospitals, but also for employees of quarantine hotels.
As for Europe, as we have said, Italy was the first country to introduce the obligation of vaccination for health professionals. Shortly thereafter it was followed by France, which made the vaccine mandatory for healthcare workers working in hospitals, but also in nursing and retirement homes. By September also in Greece all health personnel must be vaccinated.