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Vaccines for measles for foreigners in Russia

Rospotrebnadzor requires employers to ensure that their foreign employees are vaccinated for measles

Rospotrebnadzor has issued an order requiring employers hiring foreign nationals to ensure that their foreign employees who have not been vaccinated or have no information about measles vaccination are vaccinated for measles by December 31, 2019. This order entered into force on March 23, 2019.

Liability for non-compliance

If employers fail to comply with this new vaccination requirement, they will be brought to liability in the form of a fine from RUB 10,000 to RUB 20,000 or administrative suspension of activity for up to 90 days.

What needs to be done?

Employers with employees who need to be vaccinated must submit a list of those employees to prevention and treatment organizations for vaccination planning. This list must be sent in September-October every year.

To avoid liability, employers who have not ensured vaccination of their employees, must confirm that they have:

  1. Requested their employees to be vaccinated and comply with legal requirements (this can be done by issuing a written order for vaccination and sending a written notice to employees);
  2. Received a written vaccination refusal from their employees;
  3. Suspended from work the employees who have not been vaccinated. Employers are not entitled to take disciplinary actions against such employees since employees are entitled to decline vaccination. Work suspension is performed as prescribed in Article 76 of the Russian Labor Code until vaccination of employees, and no wages are paid to employees for the duration of work suspension.