Local governments in China offer mandatory orders to keep students from returning to school without their families vaccinated

Countries are actively promoting vaccination against Wuhan pneumonia (novel coronavirus disease, COVID-19), and some countries are even mandating vaccination for specific areas of the population, including local governments in China that require students to have their families vaccinated or not return to school.

China aims to reach a 64 percent vaccination rate for its population by the end of this year, with more than 1.4 billion doses announced so far, according to foreign media reports. To improve the progress of vaccination, the Guangxi government announced this week that “those who have not yet received the vaccine should do so as soon as possible to avoid affecting the return of their children to school,” stressing that this norm applies to all school-age levels.

The provincial governments of Jiangxi and Henan have issued similar notices, saying that only families who have completed vaccination will be able to send their children back to school at the end of the summer. The city of Pingxiang in Hebei Province requires that 12- to 17-year-olds not return to school unless they are fully vaccinated.

In addition, some Chinese cities require people to be vaccinated in order to enter public places, including hospitals and supermarkets. In addition to China, France and Greece also have mandatory vaccination codes for certain individuals.