At the last minute, the Constitutional Court of Slovenia banned the introduction of compulsory vaccinations for government employees. About 31,000 civil servants, police and military personnel should be able to prove that they have been vaccinated against the coronavirus or have recovered from the infection as of tomorrow. The naysayers risked losing their jobs.
A police union thought the procedure went too far and went to court. This decided to temporarily suspend work on vaccination. Therefore, the measure was not completely cancelled. The court acknowledged that there was a “very serious epidemiological situation”, but emphasized that introducing an unconstitutional measure could also have serious consequences. The case will now be considered again.
Public Administration Minister Bostjan Koretnik expressed his regret at the ruling. He said the vaccination requirement was specifically intended to ensure that work could be done safely in places for which the state was responsible. In Slovenia, about 45 percent of the population is currently fully vaccinated. This is one of the lowest ratios in the European Union.
The court has not announced when it will make its final decision on the government’s action. Other European countries have already tightened vaccination rules. In France, for example, healthcare providers are obligated to vaccinate against the coronavirus.
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