OREANDA-NEWS. No decisions have yet been made on the introduction of mandatory vaccination against coronavirus, said Presidential Press Secretary Dmitry Peskov.

"We look further, how the situation is developing. You see the numbers, they change from day to day. The numbers are not yet a reason for optimism, especially today," he added during a conversation with journalists.

For some categories of Russians, vaccinations against COVID-19 are already mandatory, in particular, this applies to employees of contact areas - medicine, education, trade. This week the Association of Retail Companies (AKORT) and the Association of Internet Companies (AKIT) have asked the authorities to extend this to all citizens. The professional community is discussing the proposed measure, but they have not yet come to a consensus.

In recent days, Russia has been updating highs in the number of deaths and new cases of coronavirus infection. Over the past day, 1159 patients with COVID-19 have died in the country, the number of infected has increased by 40,096.

The authorities remind that vaccination remains the most reliable form of protection. According to the head of the Russian Ministry of Health Mikhail Murashko, the proportion of those vaccinated among critically ill COVID-19 is less than 0.03 percent, while the vast majority of patients in hospitals are unvaccinated. At the end of September, the WHO announced the connection of mortality from SARS-CoV-2 with the refusal of preventive immunization.