Brussels seeks to have discussion on mandatory vaccination in EU

With many Europeans still unvaccinated against Covid-19, the European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has proposed to have a EU-wide discussion on making vaccination against the disease mandatory, Belgian news portal EurActiv reports.
In a press conference on Wednesday, December 1, von der Leyen pointed out: «If you look at the numbers we have now, 77% of the adults in the European Union vaccinated, or if you take the whole population, it’s 66% — and this means one-third of the European population is not vaccinated, these are 150 million people».
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Following the announcements of introducing mandatory vaccination by the governments of Austria and Greece, also Germany is mulling following suit.
«How we can encourage and potentially think about mandatory vaccination within the European Union? This needs discussion. This needs a common approach. But it is a discussion that I think has to be led,» the EC head said adding that member state governments would continue to make decisions on the issue, EurActiv reports.