Slovenia to impose vaccine mandate for state administration employees

Slovenia to impose vaccine mandate for state administration employees

All state administration staff in Slovenia will be required to get vaccinated against coronavirus, and negative tests will no longer suffice for their workplace.

The Slovenian vaccine mandate for all employees in state administration goes into force in October.

All employees in that sector will have to get a first shot until Oct. 1 and will be required to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 until Nov. 1, unless they have recovered from the disease.

The decision to this effect was adopted by the government late on Thursday.

More stringent anti-epidemic rules, including Covid-19 certificates for workplaces, public transportation, shopping centers or for entering banks and post offices, went into force on Wednesday.

Their imposition provoked a rally of anti-vaxers and anti-maskers on Wednesday evening, which escalated into rioting.

According to opinion polls cited by local media, more than 40 percent of Slovenians seem to be against harsher epidemiological measures.

Government spokesman Jelko Kacin, however, presented data showing that since the start of September the number of Slovenians getting vaccinated had increased, and that the weekly increase was between two and three times higher. He believes that up to 35,000 people could be given a jab this week alone.

The government’s data, released on Sept. 13, show that 44 percent of the total population have been vaccinated, or 53 percent of the adult population above 18.

The epidemiological situation in Slovenia is deteriorating, and according to the National Institute of Public Health on Thursday, there are currently 11,238 active coronavirus cases in the country.

According to government data, 347 Covid-19 patients are being treated in hospitals, and 75 of them are in intensive care.