Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda says he supports compulsory coronavirus vaccination for some professions, singling out teachers and medical workers in particular.
“As for compulsory vaccination, yes, we agree that for some professions compulsory vaccination or unavoidable vaccination is the only option if we want a smooth process,” the president told reporters on Monday.
“And we want a smooth process in our education and in our health system,” he said. “We need to [...] understand that the Delta strain poses additional challenges to the health of our society.”
With the share of vaccinated adults approaching the earlier target of 70 percent, Lithuania should aim for a more ambitious goal of vaccinating 90 percent of the population, according to Nausėda.
“I think the ambition should be even higher, as scientists believe that the vaccination rate should be at least 90 percent,” the president said.
“We can only reach it [90-percent target] if we all agree together that vaccination is currently the only way of achieving the healthcare goals we have set for ourselves.”
Official statistics show that 69.5 percent of Lithuania's adult population have received at least one coronavirus vaccine shot.
Nausėda noted that the country would reach the 70-percent threshold one and a half months later than expected.
Lithuania has so far administered at least one dose to over 1.6 million people and has fully vaccinated almost 1.5 million.