RIGA - Fears of mass unrest over the obligation to vaccinate have also led to an increase in the prevalence of Covid-19, Minister of Justice Janis Bordans (New Conservative Party) said after last night's coalition meeting.
In July and August, security services warned of fears of mass unrest over people calling those that do not support vaccination to take the streets, the justice minister said. The politician admits that for this reason the bill on compulsory vaccination for certain professions was halted, because he does not have any other justification why this bill was halted.
Bordans emphasized that, in his opinion, a number of mistakes made by politicians has led to the current situation with the spread of Covid-19, including the suspension of this bill.
In his view, it is essential to ensure that no restrictions are imposed on the vaccinated population. The vaccinated should also not be forced to work remotely unless this is a decision made by their employer, the justice minister said. He explained that this is necessary in order to maintain the motivation to get vaccinated.
When asked about this in more detail, Bordans said that the question of whether non-vaccinated people who have been hospitalized must pay a co-payment after receiving treatment for Covid-19 should be considered.
As reported, considering the rapid spread of Covid-19 in Latvia, the government coalition considers declaring a state of emergency again, Health Minister Daniels Pavluts (For Development/For) told journalists following the weekly coalition meeting on Monday.
Latvia has already introduced a state of emergency over Covid-19 twice.
The government might decide on the proposal already this week, as it considers tougher restrictions, which the Crisis Management Council is scheduled to discuss Tuesday.