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Putin: It is unlawful to fire people for refusing to get vaccinated due to medical reasons

"If a person has medical counter-indications, no one has the right to demand he or she got vaccinated," the Russian President said

MOSCOW, June 30. /TASS/. It is unlawful to threaten dismissal to those employees, who refuse to get vaccinated because of medical counter-indications, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday during his annual question-and-answer session.

In his question to the president, Yevgeny Tsvetkov, a Moscow resident, said that his wife, a secondary school teacher, has medical counter-indications to vaccination because of an old chronic disease but the school director ignores this fact and demands his wife "present vaccination documents by July 15," otherwise she would be fired.

"I can say right away - it is unlawful. If a person has medical counter-indications, no one has the right to demand he or she got vaccinated. I think that the director of the school, where your wife is working, doesn’t know about that. I hope he will hear, what I said, and will withdraw these illegal demands," Putin said.

Moscow is number one among Russian regions in terms of coronavirus cases. The city’s chief sanitary doctor Elena Andreyeva said on June 16 that 60% of people employed in the spheres of trade, public services, public catering, housing and utility sector, transport, educations, public health, social welfare, as wells as people working in beauty parlors, gyms, theaters, cinemas, concert halls and other such organization must be vaccinated against COVID-19.

Moscow’s organizations and self-employed businessmen are to report about vaccination of employees in a period from July 1 to July 15.