OREANDA-NEWS  So, the virologist, professor at Moscow State University Alexei Agranovsky noted that the decision of the authorities was forced, because the situation required it. In addition, vaccination is the only way to stop the spread of COVID-19. Vaccines are safe and effective, including against new strains.

Another key factor for reducing the incidence, according to the virologist, is the observance of measures for the prevention of respiratory diseases, that is, the mandatory wearing of masks in public places.

Alexander Chepurnov, the head of the laboratory for especially dangerous infections of the Federal Research Center of FTM, added that it is necessary to vaccinate service workers, but it would be more effective to do it earlier. The best option of vaccination against coronavirus for those who have already had it, the infectious disease specialist considers the Sputnik Light vaccine.

Larisa Popovich, the Director of the Institute for Health Economics of the National Research University Higher School of Economics, stressed that the main factor  service workers’ vaccinating against coronavirus is the education of the population, and from a legal point of view, compulsory vaccination can face several difficulties.

It is necessary to inspire citizens to vaccinate through communication, that is, to be able to communicate with the population and educate them. The law on health protection states that the voluntariness of the use of biotechnological drugs must be observed in Russia, and the law on humanization states that the only thing that can be done in this case is to prevent representatives of certain professions from working, Popovich explained.

She added that it is illegal to force people to be vaccinated.

Recently, the incidence of coronavirus in the country has begun to rise sharply. So, over the past day, 14,057 people were infected, and the total number of detected cases of COVID-19 reached 5,264,047. During the epidemic, 127,992 patients died, including 416 over the past 24 hours.