Border Guard chief in favor of mandatory vaccination of employees

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Border guards should be among those who are required to vaccinate against Covid-19, Chief of State Border Guard Guntis Pujāts told Latvian Radio July 6.

Currently, 36% of State Border Guard employees have vaccinated against Covid-19. Another 18% have overcome Covid-19.

“I would like this process to be more successful, that border guards be more active,” said Pujāts, “in any case, we are taking educational measures, providing explanations to increase the intensity of vaccination.”

Pujāts said that border guards were actively involved in controlling Covid-19 restrictions. This resulted in a very large number of border guards getting infected in February.

The Chief of the Border Guard considers that border guards should be on the list of professions for which vaccination against Covid-19 would be mandatory. It should be extended to employees working at the border crossing point, carrying out immigration controls, providing services to the population, said Pujāts.

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