The world is edging towards mandatory vaccination against COVID-19. Actually, it’s moving faster than that — galloping might be a better word. The process began in piecemeal fashion late last year, and has accelerated in recent weeks. Some major corporations and government agencies have made vaccination a requirement for continued employment. As far as I know, no national government has made vaccination mandatory, but various localities and provincial governments (see the video below) have done so.
The EU has just decided to issue “vaccine passports” for its citizens. Angela Merkel said that vaccination will not be mandatory — yet — but life will be made more and more difficult for the unvaccinated. If you want to get on a plane, you’d be well-advised to take the needle. I’ve given up the idea of ever flying to Europe or Canada again.
Things will really get tough when the vaccine becomes a requirement for entering a supermarket, pumping gas, visiting the dentist, or receiving medical treatment. I suppose I could let my teeth rot, but if I had the choice of remaining unvaccinated or getting the periodic injection in my eye to treat my macular degeneration — well, I’d probably decide to get the jab, because I know how awful my life would become without the treatment. Bell’s Palsy might not be so bad in comparison…
The video below from Germany gives a progress report on vaccination in Croatia, Portugal, and Spain. The last one is significant, because the Spanish province of Galicia is making the vaccination mandatory for all citizens. Failure to comply will bring a hefty fine.
Many thanks to MissPiggy for the translation, and to Vlad Tepes for the subtitling:
|00:00||Since the end of December Croatia has been vaccinating|
|00:05||medical personnel and senior citizens against Covid-19.|
|00:11||Now the capital Zagreb has started delivering vaccines for mass immunization.|
|00:15||The city health authorities plan to vaccinate 17,000 residents this week.|
|00:21||In one of the centers in Zagreb, the wife of President Zoran Milanovic is helping|
|00:25||with the vaccinations. She is an epidemiologist.|
|00:28||What we know about all vaccines without exception is:|
|00:32||any vaccine will protect you from being admitted to intensive care,|
|00:37||from ventilators and from a fatal outcome not intended by God.|
|00:42||I think that’s the most important thing for everyone.|
|00:46||A second team of Bundeswehr paramedics landed in Lisbon on Tuesday.|
|00:52||The eight German doctors and eighteen nurses replace the team|
|00:57||that has been helping in Portugal since early February.|
|01:01||The public health system, suffering from a shortage of personnel,|
|01:05||was stretched to its limits in January.|
|01:08||With sunshine and hope, we greet them.|
|01:13||We must not allow ourselves to forget that our health services still need this help.|
|01:22||The regional government of Galicia, in northwestern Spain, has announced that|
|01:27||Covid-19 vaccination will be mandatory for all 2.7 million inhabitants.|
|01:35||The government is working to draft a law proposal that would require|
|01:39||vaccine refusers to pay a fine of several thousand Euros.