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On November 24, the chief doctors of covid hospitals in Russia sent an open letter to a number of prominent public figures and politicians who criticized vaccines, mandatory vaccinations and restrictive measures to combat COVID-19.
Among the doctors who signed the letter are the head physician of the Kommunarka hospital, Denis Protsenko, and the heads of other Moscow medical institutions. In addition to the capital’s doctors, the letter was signed by chief doctors from St. Petersburg, Samara, Sochi, Krasnodar and Khanty-Mansiysk.
Among the addressees of the letter, in addition to Shukshina, were singers Natalya Vetlitskaya and Katya Lel, musician Yuri Loza, famous actors and politicians. Some of those who have been contacted by doctors have already answered to the letter.
According to the press secretary of the President Dmitry Peskov, the Kremlin has an open letter to opponents of vaccination and restrictive measures appreciated positively. At the same time, Peskov noted, a “sober and balanced” approach is needed in working with opponents of vaccination; this cannot be turned into an “attack on witches.”
October 21 President Vladimir Putin statedthat in Russia at the federal level at the moment there is no compulsory vaccination against COVID-19. He stressed that vaccination becomes compulsory if it is included in the national calendar. Since vaccination against coronavirus infection has not been included in the national calendar, it is not mandatory, the president concluded. However, Putin noted that the regional authorities have the right to introduce compulsory vaccination due to the worsening epidemic situation.