Kenya has used a directive to try to get people vaccinated before. In August, the government said it would require government workers to be vaccinated or face disciplinary action, but President Uhuru Kenyatta later reversed the instruction.

Elsewhere, Indonesia, Micronesia, and Turkmenistan have made covid-19 vaccination mandatory for all adults, while other countries such as Egypt, Canada, Denmark, Italy, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey have made it mandatory for groups such as government employees and public sector workers. On the other hand, Austria recently ordered a nationwide lockdown for unvaccinated residents.

These measures are generally unpopular, with concerns that they are deepening the divide between vaccinated and unvaccinated people by restricting freedoms. But they are likely to increase globally as governments seek to get more people vaccinated to curb the pandemic.

Kenya has recorded 254,629 covid-19 cases and 5,328 deaths from the disease.

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