Czech Prime Minister Ends Vaccine Mandates
‘We Do Not Want to Deepen the Rifts in Society’ ~Petr Fiala
The Czech government is ending COVID vaccine mandates to avoid ‘deepening fissures’ in society. The news was delivered by Prime Minister Petr Fiala at a press conference on Wednesday.
“This does not change our stance on vaccination. It is still undoubtedly the best way to fight COVID-19 … however, we do not want to deepen fissures in society,” Fiala said.
Massive protests rocked the previous government, which ordered COVID-19 vaccinations for hospital and nursing home staff, police, soldiers and some other professions, any anyone over age 60.
“Fiala’s government has also shortened quarantine and isolation times, while launching mandatory testing of employees at companies from this week,” the report noted. “Hospitalisations, which peaked in the latest Delta wave at more than 7,000 in early December, dropped to 1,635 on Tuesday from 1,761 reported for Monday.”
The Czech Republic’s actions do not mean that the restrictions are ended, however. An amendment to the nation’s coronavirus measures from the previous government of the ANO party and the Social Democrats extended the period for which the legislation is active up to August 2023. These additions will permit the government to enact quarantine and isolation measures, or limit dance club attendance.
Furthermore, Health Minister Vlastimil Válek announced that there may be more coronavirus measures, such as allowing booster doses for children over the age of 12.
On Wednesday, beleaguered prime minister Boris Johnson stunned his Western counterparts when he announced vaccine mandates and work restrictions would soon be lifted — in March at the latest.
“People in England will no longer be required to wear face masks anywhere or work from home from next week, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Wednesday, adding that scientists believed a wave of the Omicron coronavirus variant had peaked nationally,” Reuters reported.
Also on the chopping block: Self-isolation or “quarantines,” which will expire in March, but the measures might be axed sooner.
“Because of the extraordinary booster campaign, together with the way the public have responded to the Plan B measures, we can return to Plan A in England and allow Plan B regulations to expire as a result from the start of Thursday next week,” Johnson told the British parliament.
“Johnson said mandatory COVID-19 certification would end, though businesses could choose to continue COVID passes if they wanted to,” Reuters added.
Boris Johnson’s current assessment is that the nation’s plummeting Omicron infection numbers and stabilizing hospital rates indicate that the UK can “safely live with Covid.”
It appears that more nations are following suit and deciding that Covid does not mean the end of Western Civilization as we know it.
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(TLB) published this article from Becker News as written and compiled by Kyle Becker
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