Poland's biggest trade unions and employers have issued a joint appeal to the government to introduce mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations as the infections curve grows, threatening the country's economic recovery.
The signatories of the appeal represent Poland's nine largest unions and employer organisations all of which are members of the Council for Social Dialogue, a tri-lateral consultation body also comprising the government.
In the appeal, the unions and employers stressed the efficiency of vaccines and remarked that now only medics are officially obliged to get vaccinated in Poland.
They also pointed out that Poland's vaccination statistics were much worse than Western Europe's, with only 54 percent of Poles having been fully vaccinated.
"The figure is definitely too small to efficiently reduce the growing number of fatalities and serious symptoms of the disease," they wrote.
"We appeal to the government to introduce mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations for the general public, except for people with medical contraindications, and to introduce preferences for vaccinated people," the organisations wrote.
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