FACTBOX-Countries making COVID-19 vaccines mandatory

Governments have made COVID-19 injections mandatory for health workers and other high-risk groups, prompted by a sharp rise in infections caused by the Delta variant and a slowdown in vaccinations, as well as the new Omicron variant.

A growing number of countries are also making gunshots mandatory for civil servants and other workers. Here are the vaccination mandate plans of some countries, classified according to the categories of people affected:

CHILDREN ** COSTA RICA: children over 5 years old

ADULTS** AUSTRIA: Passed a bill on January 20 making COVID-19 vaccinations compulsory for adults from February 1, bringing it closer to introducing the first coronavirus vaccine term this type in EU

** ECUADOR: Compulsory except for people who have a relevant medical condition or incompatibility ** GERMANY: The ruling Social Democrats expect a bill making injections compulsory to pass parliament in March

** INDONESIA: all adults, with fines or denial of social assistance or government services for unvaccinated ** ITALY: over 50 until June 15

** MICRONESIA: all adults ** TAJIKISTAN: all over 18

** TURKMENISTAN: all ELDERLY PERSONS over 18 years old

** CZECH REPUBLIC: abandonment on January 19 of compulsory vaccination plans for over 60s from March ** GREECE: over 60s; recurring fine of 100 euros per month for those who do not comply

** MALAYSIA: Over 60s and all adults who received Sinovac vaccine should receive a booster dose by February ** RUSSIA: Over 60s and chronically ill in St. Petersburg


** COSTA RICA: all state employees ** CROATIA: all public sector employees, citizens who need services in public institutions

** CZECH REPUBLIC: Dropped mandatory vaccination plans for police, soldiers and some other professions on January 19 from March ** DENMARK: Workplaces allowed to require digital ‘corona pass’ for employees

** EGYPT: Vaccination or weekly COVID-19 test required of public sector employees to work in government buildings ** FIJI: Civil servants, employees of private companies

** FRANCE: public agents or employees, including civil security pilots, aircrew treating victims, soldiers permanently assigned to civil security missions, firefighters ** GHANA: targeted groups including all public sector agents and health from January 22

** HUNGARY: employees of public institutions ** ITALY: all workers, school staff, police, military

** LATVIA: required for legislators to vote and receive their full salary; companies allowed to dismiss unvaccinated workers ** LEBANON: all civil servants and workers in the education, tourism and public transport sectors

** NEW ZEALAND: workers in the border, prison, police and defense forces, and education sectors ** OMAN: employees in the public or private sector for entry into the place of job

** PANAMA: Vaccination or weekly testing for all civil servants ** POLAND: The Minister of Health announced plans in December mandating shots for teachers, security personnel and uniformed services from March 1

** RUSSIA: workers in positions in contact with the public in Moscow; ** SAUDI ARABIA: public and private sector workers wishing to go to a workplace; people entering public, private or educational institutions

** TUNISIA: civil servants, employees and visitors accessing public and private administrations ** TURKEY: certain sectors including teachers and domestic travel employees

** UKRAINE: public sector employees including teachers, municipal employees ** USA: all federal employees, contractors (temporarily banned nationwide), public sector employees (challenged in New York court)

HEALTH WORKERS ** AUSTRALIA: high-risk older workers, quarantine hotel workers

**GREAT BRITAIN: Care home staff in England, healthcare workers in England by April 1 **CROATIA: Health and social care workers

** CZECH REPUBLIC: Hospital and rest home workers from March ** FINLAND: Plans to make vaccinations compulsory for health and social care workers

** FRANCE: healthcare and nursing home workers, home helpers and urgent care technicians ** GERMANY: workers in hospitals, medical practices and rest homes by mid-March

** GREECE: nursing home staff, nursing staff ** HUNGARY: nursing staff

** ITALY: health workers ** LEBANON: health sectors

** NEW ZEALAND: health and disability workers ** POLAND: health workers from March 1

** UKRAINE: State and municipal health care workers ** USA: Health care workers, including hospitals and nursing homes who accept money from Medicare and Medicaid government health insurance programs , must be vaccinated by the end of February.

OTHER WORKERS ** Western Australia: employees in the mining, oil and gas exploration sectors

** CHINA: mandatory recall in Beijing for key workers on construction sites, including cooks, security guards and cleaning staff ** PHILIPPINES: office workers and public transport service workers

** KAZAKHSTAN: Compulsory vaccinations or weekly tests for people working in groups of more than 20 people ENTRY INTO PUBLIC PLACES

** AUSTRIA: Public places, including restaurants, hotels, theaters and ski lifts ** BOLIVIA: Vaccination card or negative test required to enter public and private places, including airports, bus stations, banks, malls, restaurants and supermarkets

** GREAT BRITAIN: Vaccination or negative test for everyone over 18 in nightclubs and other places in Scotland; in nightclubs, some indoor and outdoor venues with no seating and all venues with more than 10,000 people in England ** BULGARIA: “health pass” for visitors to public places such as cafes, hotels, halls concerts, museums and swimming pools

** CZECH REPUBLIC: Vaccination certificates or test status required in restaurants and clubs ** DENMARK: Health pass required for entry to bars, restaurants and other covered public places

** EGYPT: compulsory vaccination for students of public universities to access campuses ** FRANCE: compulsory vaccination card for everyone over 16 to enter cinemas, bars and restaurants, and use long-distance public transport

** GERMANY: Compulsory vaccination for all businesses except the most essential such as grocery stores, pharmacies and bakeries; recall or negative COVID-19 test required to enter restaurants ** HONG KONG: Compulsory vaccination for entry to restaurants, gymnasiums, cinemas and libraries from February 24

** ITALY: vaccination required for seats inside bars, restaurants, visits to museums, cinemas, clubs, participation in sporting events; basic green health pass mandatory for all public transport

** LEBANON: Vaccination certificate or antibody tests required for entry to restaurants, cafes, pubs and beaches ** LITHUANIA: Vaccination certificate required for access to indoor and outdoor gatherings attended by more than 500 people, economic activities, contact services, including beauty services and gyms for everyone over 12

** MALTA: full vaccination and booster required to enter most places including restaurants, bars and gyms ** MOROCCO: vaccination required to enter all government buildings, spaces such as cafes, restaurants, cinemas, sports halls, transport

** NEPAL: proof of full vaccination to use public services ** NETHERLANDS: health card required to enter bars, restaurants, clubs or cultural events

** ROMANIA: health pass, negative COVID-19 test or proof of recovery required to enter most public places, including majority of non-essential places ** SERBIA: health pass required to visit cafes, indoor hotels and restaurants after 10:00 p.m.

** SINGAPORE: mandatory vaccination to enter shopping malls; considering requiring a booster shot to be fully vaccinated ** SOUTH KOREA: Vaccination passes required to enter 14 designated public spaces, including hospitality and entertainment venues; requirement extended to over 12 from February. A South Korean court ruled on Jan. 14 that department stores and teenagers should be temporarily excluded from Seoul pass warrants.

** SWEDEN: Vaccination passes required for indoor events over 100 people; to be extended to smaller gatherings, such as in restaurants ** SWITZERLAND: proof of vaccination, recovery or negative test required to access bars, restaurants and fitness centers

** TAIWAN: Vaccination passes to enter entertainment venues from January 21 ** UKRAINE: Restrictions for unvaccinated on access to restaurants, sports and other public events

(Compiled by Oben Mumcuoglu, Dagmarah Mackos and Elena Vardon; Editing by Kevin Liffey and Hugh Lawson)

(This story has not been edited by the Devdiscourse team and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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