Russian President Vladimir Putin said that compulsory vaccination is inappropriate to implement in Russia, the Russian portal RT reported. “I want to state my position again. I think that mandatory vaccination is inappropriate and can’t be introduced,” Putin said during a video conference on the economy on Wednesday., May 26.

He also said officials had discussed options that included mandatory vaccination for the entire population or for workers in certain sectors who come into contact with large numbers of people. This could have made vaccinations mandatory for people working in areas such as retail, education, or transport, Tass news agency reports.

However, Putin said he did not agree with such a move. “Citizens must themselves realize the necessity of this” and understand that without the shot they “could be faced with serious or even mortal danger,” he pointed out.

In this way, the Russian Federation would go against the trend of its neighbors in Europe, who want to impose mandatory vaccinations, to the point that a person will not be able to travel anywhere if he or she does not have a vaccination passport.

Vaccines and skepticism

In Russia, too, mandatory vaccination became a hot topic after former President Dmitry Medvedev publicly reflected on the possibility a week ago.

Like former President Trump, Putin advocates letting the individual decide whether or not to be vaccinated, thus respecting his free will. However, he does urge people to do so and recommends the Russian-made vaccine as the “safest.”

“All necessary conditions for vaccination have been created” in the country, with the Russian jab proving itself as “the most reliable and safest,” Putin said.

This was a clear reference to the serious adverse effects and deaths recorded as a consequence of the various COVID vaccines globally, such as Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, and Sinopharm laboratories.

In comparison, the Russian-made Sputnik V would have a slight advantage in this respect, at least for the time being. This vaccine, developed by the Moscow-based Gamaleya Institute, has been approved in 66 countries. No serious adverse effects have been reported, although there have been cases of people who took both doses and still contracted the virus, such as Argentine President Alberto Fernandez, who received the supposed immunization in January, but reported his infection in April.

Initially, there were concerns about Sputnik V’s safety and efficacy credentials, particularly because Russia licensed the vaccine before clinical trials were completed, a move that raised suspicions in the international scientific community.

However, the Sputnik V vaccine was found to be 91.6% effective in preventing people from developing the CCP Virus (Chinese Communist Party virus), according to the results of its clinical trial published in the medical journal The Lancet in February.

Despite this, a survey by Russia’s Levada polling center published in March found that 62% of people did not want to be vaccinated, with the highest level of skepticism found among 18-24-year-olds

As the World in Data graph shows, Russia and India have the lowest vaccination rates. This may be because people are aware that immunity can be achieved naturally, without the need for vaccines.