Armed forces will have mandatory vaccination against Covid-19

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For professional soldiers, vaccination will be compulsory, as it is a matter of national security, the Ministry of Defense said February 1.

The army is ready to start immediate vaccination, the only thing that prevents it from starting is the availability of vaccines. As soon as they are allocated to the armed forces, all professional soldiers will receive their dose within a few days.

"If some of our soldiers get sick, then the other part will have to work double. As soon as the vaccines have been received, and the Cabinet or the Ministry of Health will determine that the armed forces will also be able to get these vaccines, we will start our vaccination immediately," .said the Commander of the National Armed Forces, Leonīds Kalniņš.

“The armed forces are able to vaccinate in five days. We absolutely have that capacity. We already have detailed plans up to the surname and just the time when a particular soldier will come to a specific location for a vaccine. As well as the development of all documentation and accounting systems," Kalniņš said.

Vaccination will be voluntary for national guardsmen and civil guard. The armed forces will also be prepared to help in the vaccination of the population.

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