Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin ordered mandatory vaccinations for service industry workers in the Russian capital on Wednesday, citing a “dramatic” increase in coronavirus cases.
“We simply must do everything to carry out mass vaccinations in the shortest possible time and stop this terrible disease, stop the deaths of thousands of people,” he said.
“The coronavirus situation continues to unfold dramatically,” the mayor added.
In recent weeks, Moscow health officials have observed a steady increase in the number of new COVID-19 cases.
The mayor also said that in connection with the “extremely difficult epidemiological situation,” the Chief State Sanitary Doctor for the city of Moscow adopted a decree on the compulsory vaccination of workers in the service sector.
To date, the city has, which has 12 million people and which has said to be the “epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak” in Russia, has inoculated 1.8 million of its residents.
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