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President of the European Commission puts mandatory vaccination on the table

It is appropriate to consider obligatory Covid-19 jabs,  says EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen.

A vaccination station in Portugal. | Photo: Patricia De Melo Moreira/AFP/Ritzau Scanpix

The time has come to discuss making Covid-19 vaccines mandatory in the EU, say President of the EU Commission Ursula von der Leyen. This comes as the Omicron variant of the Covid-19 virus has stoked fears that another difficult winter is approaching.

"How can we encourage and potentially think about mandatory vaccination within the European Union? This needs discussion. This needs a common approach, but it is a discussion that I think has to be led," she told a news conference in Brussels, according to news bureau AFP.

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