The UK is introducing compulsory vaccination for healthcare workers

Vaccine PHOTO: Reuters

Following the example of several other countries, the British government announced that from April, employees in the public health system in England will have to be vaccinated against Covid-19, AFP reported, quoted by BTA.

After consultation, I came to the conclusion that all those who work for the National Health Service should be vaccinated, said Health Minister Sajid Javid. An exception will be made for those who are not in contact with patients or cannot be vaccinated for health reasons, he added.

Those who do not want to be vaccinated must be convinced, the minister noted. He pointed out that 90 percent of healthcare workers received at least two doses.

Workers in nursing homes in England have already been given a deadline to be fully vaccinated against the coronavirus, which expires on Thursday. Caregivers in the National Health System will not be required to be vaccinated before the winter, which the government says is difficult.

The United Kingdom is one of the countries with the highest number of coronavirus victims in Europe. Since the beginning of the pandemic, the virus has killed nearly 142,000 people, AFP recalls.

The death toll within 28 days of a positive Covid-19 test is 262 today, a sharp jump from 57 the day before, according to official figures quoted by Reuters. The number of new cases for the day is 33,117, also an increase over yesterday

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