The Kremlin will answer your question whether Covid-19 vaccinations in Russia are voluntary. Yet authorities in Moscow have put together a policy that essentially gives people in public-facing roles little choice but to get their shots. However, officials in Moscow have created a policy that basically gives people in public-facing positions little choice but get their shots.

Moscow authorities, despite stubbornly low vaccination rates announced that 60% of employees in the service industry — which includes everything from food to transport — would need to be vaccinated by July 15.

Dmitry Peskov, spokesperson for the Kremlin, stated that vaccination is voluntary.

Peskov does not believe that anyone can refuse to take a vaccine. However, it could lead to financial ruin.

If a Muscovite is working in the service industry and needs to be vaccinated but has decided not to, he can simply stop working in that sector. He said that he could look for work in another area if he wanted to, but not in areas where mandatory vaccinations are required.

As of Monday, people in Moscow are now required to show to show proof of vaccination, a negative PCR test result or proof of a past Covid-19 infection in the last six months to be allowed entry to the city’s cafes and restaurants. Moscow residents are now required to present proof of vaccination, a negative test result, or proof that they have had a Covid-19 infection within the last six month to gain entry to cafes and restaurants in the city.

Russian officials regularly update the public on television and give briefings about the rapidly deteriorating situation in the country. Worrying images showing the growing burden of coronavirus in Russia have been appearing on Russian social media sites. According to Russia’s anticoronavirus crisis centre, both Moscow and St. Petersburg had record-breaking daily death rates Monday.

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As an overburdened healthcare system fights increasing numbers of infections, patients have been seen lying on hospital floors in St. Petersburg. Images showing patients being admitted to hospitals by ambulance queues are resurfacing.

Moscow Mayor Sergey Sobyanin warned Monday of the growing burden on the capital’s hospitals. According to RIA Novosti, he stated that “over the past week we have broken new records in terms of the number of people in intensive care and the number deaths from coronavirus.”

Russia was the first country to approve the coronavirus vaccine Sputnik V in August 2020. However, Russia is still behind many other countries in terms of vaccination rates.