Moscow Mayor Urges Businesses to Vaccinate Staff

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According to the press service of the mayor and the administration of the capital, Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin has signed a decree urging companies to vaccinate personnel against the coronavirus, RIA reports.

Elena Andreeva, the head of Rospotrebnadzor in Moscow, had already issued a directive mandating coronavirus vaccination in a variety of “contact” areas, including commerce, services, transportation, education, and so on.

At least 60% of personnel in such businesses must be immunized with two components of the vaccine until August 15; by July 15, they must be vaccinated with the first component. Employers may now submit information regarding immunized workers via the website, which has been operational since July 1.

The Moscow administration has decided to reward businesses and organizations that comply with obligatory staff immunization regulations, as well as provide additional help to public catering outlets. The order on this subject was signed by Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin, according to the announcement.

The municipal budget will provide incentives to the first 100 businesses, organizations, and individual entrepreneurs that meet the criteria of fully vaccinating 60 percent or more of their employees. The award will be equal to 100 percent of the organization’s personal income tax paid in the preceding 12 months, but not more than 5 million rubles.

At the same time, 50 grants are earmarked for small and medium-sized enterprises, while another 50 awards are earmarked for other commercial organizations, the statement reads.

Restaurants, cafés, and other catering companies that comply with the rules for utilizing QR codes will get subsidies to offset utility expenses, according to the decree. In the third quarter of 2021, grants will be equal to 100 percent of the actual costs of catering companies for these reasons; in the fourth quarter, grants will be granted.