The state won’t enforce a vaccine mandate or mandatory testing for the public sector as proposed by the Infectious Diseases Commission because there are “workers who cannot bear the financial burden [of PCR testing] and don’t want to be vaccinated” so “the companies would then have to lay off those workers,” Minister of Health Venko Filipce said Wednesday after the government decided Tuesday to introduce another vaccination incentive: Family doctors will be given 30 denars per vaccinated patient if 70 percent of their patients get a covid shot.

According to the Minister of Health, Venko Filipce, there is no mechanism how this would be legally realized.

He does not rule out the possibility of introducing mandatory vaccination, but says he will leave time to see if the appeals to family doctors will encourage the unvaccinated.