Countries should think about mandatory Covid-19 vaccination, says WHO director

24th November 2021

By Jane Kirby, PA Health Editor

It is time for countries to have a conversation about mandatory Covid-19 vaccination, a director at the World Health Organisation (WHO) has said.

Robb Butler said “mandatory vaccine can, but does not always, increase uptake” but suggested countries – and individuals – should now be thinking about the issue.

It comes after Germany’s tourism commissioner, Thomas Bareiss, said he expects coronavirus vaccinations to become mandatory in the country, after a move by Austria to make them compulsory from February.

In the UK, Health Secretary Sajid Javid has ruled out mass mandatory Covid jabs, telling the BBC’s The Andrew Marr Show on Sunday he does not think it is something the Government “would ever look at”, apart from for NHS and social care staff.

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