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Vaccines to Be Required for Albania Lawmakers

Αssociated Press

Albania s Socialist Party Leader Edi Rama delivers his speech during a political rally in Albania s capital Tirana on Thursday, April 22, 2021. (AP Photo/Visar Kryeziu)

TIRANA, Albania — The Albanian Parliament decided Thursday to make the coronavirus vaccination mandatory for all lawmakers.

Taulant Balla of the governing Socialist Party said the leaders of every parliamentary group had agreed to make vaccines mandatory and also for most legislative committee hearings to be held online.

Vaccination is already mandatory for Albania's medical personnel, teachers, professors, and students. Health officials said another surge of infections could follow the start of the school year next week.

Public health measures, including an overnight curfew, indoor mask requirements and crowd limits for sports and cultural events have been extended.

Albania saw a significant increase of daily virus cases in August. About one-third of the country's 2.8 million population has been fully vaccinated.