19:07 / 02.12.2021.

Author: Domagoj Ferenčić

Milanović says mandatory vaccination is unscientific and pointless

President Zoran Milanović

President Zoran Milanović

Foto: Marko Prpić / PIXSELL

At Thursday’s cabinet session government proposed legislative changes to the Law on Protecting the Population from Infectious Diseases, which foresees fines of up to 50 thousand Kuna for not adhering to epidemiological measures.

If adopted, the legislative changes foresee fines of 30 000 to 50 000 Kuna for senior public officials who do not enforce the implementation of the National Civil Protection Directorate’s restrictive epidemiological measures for limiting the spread of the coronavirus. This comes after European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen yesterday said that it was time to begin considering the introduction of mandatory vaccination. When speaking to reporters after today’s cabinet session, Prime Minister Andrej Plenković did not outright reject the possibility of introducing mandatory vaccination: "This isn't any kind of formalized initiative, I still feel that it is not good to make vaccination mandatory. However, what we don't know right now, and what we all have to calmly and soberly think about, is that we don't know how long COVID will last."

Currently only 0.8% of the country has an active positive test result. Of that 0.8%, less than 1% are on ventilators. As of yesterday, more than 57% of the adult population is fully vaccinated. President Zoran Milanović today called mandatory vaccination pointless: "This is pointless. It has no scientific backing. It is completely unjustified and wrong. They are imposing tyrannical measures on people because of their own insecurities and fears. I repeat, get vaccinated, take the booster dose. This omicron variant will come and go. Just like the delta variant, which arrived somewhere in the very middle of the vaccination campaign. Many of us got vaccinated before delta arrived, and now omicron is coming. We need to stay calm and without fear. Confronted with fear some people are prepared to give away some of their freedoms, and you turn your back once and they're all gone. I think this is a very bad path to go down, one that is followed by short-sighted politicians who are in a panic, are afraid of their own shadows and their voters, if they have any anymore."

Source: HRT

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