The Chechen authorities have banned citizens from going to mosques and shops if they are not vaccinated against the coronavirus. Vakhit Usmaev, Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic, Head of the Operational Headquarters for Combating Coronavirus, spoke about this decision during an expanded meeting with members of the government and heads of regions of Chechnya. “When visiting mosques, there is a mandatory requirement for a certificate and certificates of vaccination,” he said. Meeting video published CHGTRK “Grozny”.
Vakhit Usmaev added that a similar requirement will apply to all retail outlets, catering, consumer services and sports and entertainment facilities. He did not specify how local residents who have not been vaccinated will buy food and other essential goods.
“Also, on public transport, a requirement will be introduced for passengers to have masks, certificates and certificates,” said the Deputy Prime Minister.
During the meeting, the head of Chechnya, Ramzan Kadyrov, said that the residents of the region must show civic awareness and get vaccinated in order to protect themselves and those around them from COVID-19. “We must ensure that the entire adult population of the republic is vaccinated, and not limited to 60%. This is the only way to keep residents safe from the virus. Taking this opportunity, I would like to appeal to the population and urge to be vaccinated in a timely manner. It is important to listen to the opinion of doctors, and not to people who have nothing to do with medicine, ”- quotes Kadyrov RBC.
On the afternoon of July 27, Chechnya announced compulsory vaccination against COVID-19 for some categories of citizens. Civil servants, employees of municipal and regional authorities, employees of trade and services, media, catering, food industry, education, housing and communal services, tourism should be vaccinated. In addition, students, observers at polling stations and members of election commissions, as well as the military, must undergo compulsory vaccination.
On Monday, Usmaev said that the vaccination plan, according to which 60% of the population should be vaccinated, was fulfilled by 11 regions of Chechnya. A total of 563,264 people were vaccinated. However, last week he said RIA Novosti that the number of people vaccinated with the first component in Chechnya is 493,480 people (91.3% of the adult population).
About how residents of Chechnya are forced to vaccinate, wrote in April “Caucasian Knot”. The publication published a transcript of an audio recording in which a representative of the health care system appeals to the medical workers of kindergartens in the Nadterechny district and notifies them of the need to accompany employees to the polyclinic for vaccinations. “I’ll call the manager now and explain, and I warn you to have a conversation with your employees first, otherwise you bring them in for the number, and they start to resent that they don’t want to be vaccinated at all, they were brought against their will. If at least one employee in the office says this, we will ask you. Talk to them in your kindergarten, do the showdown there. You are leading a worker who already knows that he is going to get vaccinated and is doing it on purpose. Let it be at least one person. And no one will be able to avoid this. Those who refuse will be fired. Most workers feel like they’ll quit their jobs and avoid getting vaccinated. They will not be able to. Then comes the stage: at home, at the place of registration, district police officers will walk. Fully social benefits: pensions, benefits – they will not be paid to those who refused to vaccinate. This stage will be unambiguous. So convey to the workers that dismissal from work will not give an opportunity to avoid vaccination, ”the official threatened.
Over the entire period of the pandemic, according to the operational headquarters for combating COVID-19, 15 469 people were infected with the coronavirus in Chechnya, of which 12 891 recovered, 293 died.
In other regions, government officials have begun talking about a massive compulsory vaccination. So, the deputy of the State Council of Tatarstan from “United Russia”, the host of the analytical program “7 days” on the TV channel TNV Ilshat Aminov in the next release of the program on Monday compared refusing to vaccinate against coronavirus with sheep and cows. “More than 60 percent of the individuals need to be vaccinated to achieve the long-awaited herd immunity. And, if it is already impossible to explain anything to a brainless ram and, forgive, a cow, you need to force them for the sake of the survival of the whole herd, “United Russia said.
Ilshat Aminov also suggested that Russia will make a decision on compulsory vaccination, but they will do this after the September elections to the State Duma.