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Latvia mandates COVID-19 vaccines for medics, teachers, care home staff

Christian Fernsby |
Employees in Latvia's health, education and social services sector have to get vaccinated against COVID-19 before November 15 or else face suspension, the Baltic country's government decided Tuesday.

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The new regulation stipulates that from Oct. 11, nearly all indoor services and events will only be available to people that have either been vaccinated against or recovered from COVID-19, or can present a negative COVID-19 test.

Employees working in medical institutions, including pharmacies, social care homes, as well as education institutions of all levels will be required to obtain the interoperable digital COVID-19 certificate, attesting vaccination against or recovery from the virus.

Employers have been granted the right to oblige their employees to get immunized against the coronavirus, so they can work with clients.

The government also agreed on a transition period ending Nov. 15 to give people time to undergo a full vaccination course and receive their certificates.

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