Mr Putin said workers need to be paid even if they are not working, but did not specify who would pay the bills. Detailed information on the implementation of the decree, including who will be considered an important worker, will be left to the discretion of the regional leaders.
Russian-made coronavirus vaccines, including Sputnik V and a single dose of Sputnik Light, are widely available in the country, but only 45 million of the country’s 146 million people have been fully vaccinated. Scientists attribute this indecision to the low level of trust in the authorities, who have carried conflicting messages about the pandemic since it began last year.
Satellite V has not been approved by the World Health Organization or the European Medicines Agency, the regulatory body of the European Union.
The Russian authorities are critical of Western-made vaccines that are not available in Russia when promoting Sputnik. This has also contributed to confusion and distrust, analysts say.
There is also widespread skepticism about government statistics for the pandemic, with claims that officials underestimate the number of cases and deaths.
Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin announced on Monday that people who ride the subway without masks will be fined. On Tuesday, he asked Muscovites over 60, who make up 60 percent of all Covid patients in hospitals, to get vaccinated or stay at home.
On October 13, Mr. Sobyanin announced that he would pay $ 140 to older people as an incentive to receive the vaccine. Only a third of Moscow residents over 65 were vaccinated, which is below the city average.
Andrei Makarov, chairman of the budget committee of the lower house of parliament, said on Tuesday that 1,100 doctors in Russia have died from Covid in the first six months of this year, more than double the death toll for all of 2020. According to official estimates, there are more than 225,300 doctors. Are there people who have died since the start of the pandemic, although independent experts say the government has grossly underestimated the death toll.