"The president has already said on more than one occasion that he would see the move as reasonable, especially when it comes to vital sectors," Irena Segaloviciene, Nauseda's chief economic and social policy advisor, told LRT Radio.

"However, the president also sets out what he sees as the necessary conditions. If the state makes vaccinations compulsory, it must also create a system of compensation for damages," she added.

According to the advisor, "compulsory vaccination and compensation must work in tandem".

"We see this practice in other countries and in this way the state takes responsibility for such an obligation, the possible consequences, and additionally increases trust in vaccines," she added.

On Wednesday, the Cabinet approved draft legislation to introduce mandatory coronavirus vaccinations for workers in health and social care workers.

The package will now be tabled to the Seimas for approval.

The government will ask the parliament to debate and vote on the amendments under a fast-track procedure. If passed, the package could come into force on February 14.

"Under a state-level extreme situation regime or a lockdown and if enough vaccines are available, certain workers could only work after having completed their full vaccination schedule plus a booster shot," Health Minister Arunas Dulkys said while presenting the proposed amendments to the Cabinet.

The vaccination requirement will not apply to workers who cannot take the jab for medical reasons or those who have recently recovered from Covid-19.

Unvaccinated workers will not be allowed to do in-person work. If possible, they will have to work remotely or will be moved to other positions that do not require mandatory vaccination. If there is no such possibility, these workers will be suspended without pay.

Three months after their suspension, employers will have the right to terminate their employment without prior notice or severance pay.

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