The Chief of the European Commission on Wednesday said that EU nations should consider making COVID-19 vaccinations mandatory.
Many people still refuse to have vaccines voluntarily, said Ursula von der Leyen.
“It is understandable and appropriate to lead this discussion now – how we can encourage and potentially think about mandatory vaccination within the European Union,” she said.
“One third of the European population is not vaccinated. These are 150 million people. This is a lot,” she added.
“The lifesaving vaccines are not being used adequately everywhere. This is an enormous health cost coming along.”
Germany’s chancellor-to-be, Olaf Scholz had recently said he would back a proposal to mandate Coronavirus vaccines for all next year.
Moreover, Austria pledged to mandate vaccines for all residents beginning on February 1.
Furthermore, Greece residents under 60 will get fined over $100 if they do not get vaccinated.
“Nine out of 10 Greeks who lose their lives to Coronavirus are over the age of 60 and more than eight out of 10 of the people who die are unvaccinated,” Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis told parliament recently.
The EU’s 27 health ministers are scheduled to assess the emergence of the Omicron variant of coronavirus next Tuesday.
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