The Ministry of Health of the Russian Federation has updated the list of citizens who must be vaccinated against influenza. The corresponding decree was published on October 12 on the official portal of legal information.
Who will have to get the flu shot now?
The list of persons who will henceforth need to get a flu vaccine is contained in the order of the Ministry of Health of the Russian Federation dated September 14, 2020 No. 967n "On Amending Appendix No. 1 to the Order of the Ministry of Health of the Russian Federation No. 125n dated March 21, 2014" On Approving the National Calendar of Preventive vaccinations and the calendar of preventive vaccinations for epidemic indications "".
In a document signed Minister of Health of the Russian Federation Mikhail Murashko, it is said that influenza vaccination is mandatory for service workers, shift workers, law enforcement and control officers at border checkpoints, social services and multifunctional centers, as well as civil servants.
Previously, the list included children from six months, students in grades 1-11, college and university students, conscripts, employees of medical and educational organizations, transport and utilities. Vaccination was also required for pregnant women, Russians over 60 years old, patients with chronic diseases, including diseases of the lungs, cardiovascular system, metabolic disorders and obesity.
Can I opt out of my mandatory flu shot?
Despite the fact that the flu shot is mandatory for some categories of Russians, you can refuse it. This right is enshrined in Article 5 of the Federal Law of 17.09.1998 No. 157-FZ "On Immunoprophylaxis of Infectious Diseases".
However, if a person who does not want to be vaccinated works in an educational, medical or other organization whose activities are associated with a high risk of contracting infectious diseases, then the employer is obliged to suspend him from work. This is stated in paragraph 2 of Article 5 of Federal Law No. 157-FZ. Also, reluctance to get vaccinated can lead to refusal to hire in these organizations. A complete list of employees who can be suspended from work for refusing a vaccine is contained in the decree of the government of the Russian Federation of July 15, 1999 N 825.
For young Russians, the lack of vaccination can threaten with a temporary refusal to admit to educational organizations in the event of massive infectious diseases or the threat of epidemics.