13.Feb .2022 20:00

Vaccine mandate no longer necessary — EU commissioner

Vaccine mandate no longer necessary — EU commissioner
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EU Economy Commissioner Paolo Gentiloni has said he saw no reason for governments to introduce a general coronavirus vaccine mandate anymore, given the declining severity of the pandemic.

"The discussion about mandatory vaccination against COVID-19 had its justification months ago," Gentiloni told the Funke Mediengruppe, an association of German dailies, DW (Deutsche Welle) reports. 

"But I don't think now is the time to discuss mandatory vaccination."

He noted the overall decrease in deaths and hospitalizations across the European Union.

"We are on the same path to loosening restrictions, country by country," the commissioner said.

However, he stressed that he was not opposed to compulsory vaccinations in principle.

Gentiloni pointed to orders to vaccinate against measles and added that each government must decide this issue for itself.