Discrimination against unvaccinated persons must be avoided - PM Karins

  • 2021-05-13
  • LETA/TBT Staff

RIGA - Discrimination against unvaccinated persons must be avoided, Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins (New Unity) said at a news conference Thursday. 

The prime minister indicated that discussions are currently ongoing on the EU-level on how to prevent discrimination against those people who for some reason choose not get the Covid-19 vaccine. Karins underlined that discrimination against such people must be avoided. 

The premier noted that vaccination against Covid-19 takes place on a strictly voluntary basis but that it is also necessary to create conditions that would clearly show the benefits from vaccination to the undecided people. 

As reported, the government today agreed on the gradual easing of restrictions for vaccinated persons.

The Ministry of Health had proposed to gradual easing of restrictions for vaccinated persons in a safe, fair and controlled way.

The first step provides for the same measures that are in force for people who have recovered from Covid-19. The second step provides for easing use of individual protective equipment in closed and controlled groups.

The third step provides for easing restriction in provision of individual services. The fourth step includes relaxing restrictions on gathering of people, attendance of public events and provision of services.

In line with the preliminary plan, this week the self-isolation requirement for vaccinated people arriving from high Covid-19 risk countries might be lifted.

Next week, vaccinated working collectives of up to 20 people might be allowed to gather in the same premises without masks.

Starting from June 1, there might be exceptions in provision of individual services if the service provider is vaccinated.

Starting from mid-June, vaccinated people might be allowed to gather, receive services and attend events.