(TargetLiberty.org) – As the Omicron variant of COVID-19 spreads across the world, governments are developing dangerous obsessions with their unvaccinated citizens. So far, the leading democracies are sticking to the principle vaccination should be – mostly – voluntary, but Europe is setting a dangerous example.
Right now, US courts are filling up with legal challenges to vaccine mandates. The Biden administration has ordered compulsory vaccinations for healthcare workers and any private company with more than 100 employees. On December 17, a federal appeals court ruled it would take effect in early January. Meanwhile, states and cities are implementing their own vaccine mandates – but, so far, Biden has held back from trying to force the vaccine on everyone.
If my Brexit vote has helped in a tiny way us escape mandatory vaccinations and the loss of our free society, it would have been the best vote I’ve ever made.
The EU hierarchy have gone full tyranny mode.
— Adam Brooks (@EssexPR) December 2, 2021
In the UK, a vaccine mandate for health and care workers is due to come into effect in January, and as of this week, Britons need either a vaccine pass or a recent negative test to enter nightclubs. Health Secretary Sajid Javid has ruled out any more mandates, though, calling them “ethically wrong.”
Europe, however, is a different story. On December 1, EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said mandatory vaccination “needs a discussion,” while Austria has already brought in a universal mandate – and says it will hit refuseniks with a monthly fine of up to $4,000. Greece will enforce a mandate on everyone over 60 starting January 15, while Germany’s parliament will soon be voting on a universal mandate. There are still islands of freedom in the EU, but most of Europe seems to be sinking back into the authoritarianism it always turns to in a crisis.
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