Covid-19: here are the 7 countries where vaccination is compulsory for anyone aged 18 and over

Since February 4, 2022, Austria has become the second European country to make vaccination against Covid-19 compulsory for anyone over the age of 18. In October 2021, the Vatican had indeed been the very first state to require its inhabitants and people working there to be vaccinated. There are 800 inhabitants in the Vatican.

Few countries use compulsory vaccination

At the global level few countries have chosen compulsory vaccination as the Vatican and Austria teaches us Statistics. Micronesia, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan made the vaccine compulsory for all in the summer of 2021, followed by Ecuador and Indonesia this winter.

Other states have made other choices, implementing, in particular, compulsory vaccination against Covid-19 for certain age groups. This measure is primarily aimed at the elderly, considered to be the most at risk from the virus. Italy and Greece have made vaccination compulsory for the over 50s and the over 60s respectively. The Czech Republic had announced that it wanted to make vaccination compulsory for those over 60, military personnel, police officers and health personnel, but has just given up when it was to come into force on March 1. In Costa Rica, vaccination is mandatory for all minors 5 years and older.

Apart from the aforementioned countries, around twenty others have made vaccination compulsory for certain socio-professional categories, or impose restrictions making it almost compulsory. This is the case in France, for example, where medical personnel must be vaccinated. But the country also implemented compulsory vaccination in January 2022 to access several public places such as cinemas, museums, bars, cafes and restaurants.

In Europe, over 89% of adults have had their second dose of vaccine. A vaccine which remains today, according to scientists, the best way not to clog hospitals.

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