Polish government mulling compulsory vaccination of healthcare workers

“If the fourth wave of the pandemic is a serious threat, we do not rule out further steps”, Morawiecki said. [Shutterstock/lunopark]

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki admitted on Monday that the government is considering obligatory COVID-19 vaccinations for healthcare workers.

“If the fourth wave of the pandemic is a serious threat, we do not rule out further steps”, Morawiecki said.

Poland’s PM argued that some other European countries have already made COVID-19 vaccinations obligatory for the healthcare sector and “a citizen who comes to a hospital has to be relatively certain that he will not be infected”. In Poland, about 90% of doctors are already vaccinated.

Meanwhile, Health Minister Adam Niedzielski declared that no decisions have been made regarding compulsory vaccinations for the whole country. “We are expanding our incentive systems”, he told a press conference in Jeżowe, which is one of the least vaccinated municipalities in Poland.

His conference was disrupted by a group of twenty anti-vaxxers and on Sunday, a vaccination centre in Grodzisk Mazowiecki was attacked by a group campaigning against the vaccine. Niedzielski noticed that “it was the first time that this online hate has turned into genuine, physical aggression”.

“Let’s not be shouted down by a small group of anti-vaxxers. And let’s really vaccinate”, he said, pointing out that 70% t of the population support vaccination,while 20% oppose it.

So far, 17 million people in Poland are now fully vaccinated. Poland is approaching 60% in terms of people being fully vaccinated, compared to 80% for those above the age of 70. However, interest in the vaccine continues to decrease each week.

(Paulina Borowska | EURACTIV.pl)

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