As countries around the world grapple with the rapid spread of the Omicron Covid variant, policymakers have a difficult choice of whether to restrict freedoms to those who are unaffiliated.
More than a year after the jabs went up in arms, scientists and governments continue to fight a tidal wave of propaganda, conspiracy theories, and complacency around vaccination.
Countries with low levels of vaccination have been forced to go back into harmful lockdowns amid hospitalizations, while citizens in highly vaccinated countries socialize freely.
Compulsory vaccination has become a buzzword around the world over the past twelve months, with leaders opting to make jabs mandatory for everything from using the gym to enjoying a meal outside.
In the UK, ministers are caught in a tangle between the demands of liberal backbenchers and the need to downplay the threat of the virus – with Covid stalling the biggest parliamentary revolt of Boris Johnson’s premiership.
The standard looks at how countries are dominating the unaffiliated.
The sanctions appear to have worked, with the proportion of people who have gotten a jab in two months from 68 percent to 74 percent.
The government is now set to launch the first vaccine mandate in Europe, which will run until 2024. The move was set to come into effect from February, but could be delayed until April over technical issues, local media reported.
His most recent policies have certainly followed suit, with the French Senate on Thursday approving rules for “vaccine passes” for entry to all indoor venues and large events.
It will replace France’s “pass sanitaire”, which offered the option of providing a negative test result or evidence of recent infection.
Prime Minister Mario Draghi’s government had already made mandatory vaccinations for teachers and health workers, and since October last year all employees have had to be vaccinated or test negative before entering the workplace.
Refusal results in suspension from work without pay, but not dismissal. The mandate further tightens this for workers by removing the option to take tests instead of vaccinations.
Indonesia was the first country in the world to introduce a vaccine mandate in February 2021.
All adults must be locked up altogether or run the risk of being fined or denied social assistance or government services. Fines are determined by regional health agencies or local governments.
Indonesia’s capital Jakarta has threatened residents with fines of up to £260 for refusing to jab.
“If you reject it, there are two things, social assistance will not be given, (and a) fine,” Jakarta’s deputy governor Ahmed Riza Pateria told reporters.
However, as of January 13, only 43 percent of the country had been hit by a double whammy, according to Our World in Data.
Singapore currently has some of the toughest restrictions for unvaccinated people, which were not answered last year, barring them from dining in restaurants or visiting shopping malls.
The government also warned unvaccinated people that they would need to pay their own medical bills if they contract Covid and are unable to provide a valid reason for refusing the jab.
From January 15, only fully laid-off employees or those who have caught COVID in the last 180 days will be allowed to enter the workplace.
Dr Alex Cook, from Singapore’s Saw Swee Hawk School of Public Health, said: “These measures have been attempted to make the remainder non-vaccinated, and have worked: more than 90 percent of those aged five or older in Singapore People have been vaccinated, and about half have gotten their booster jab.”