© AI for Good Global Summit https://bit.ly/3CjcQ2J CC BY 2.0

WHO to governments: Vaccine mandates should be “last resort”

In Oxford dictionary, a choice is defined as “the act of choosing between two or more possibilities.”

Keep that in mind as you read the rest of this article.

The World Health Organisation has announced that while there is a place for governments imposing legal vaccine mandates on their citizens, these should be used as a “last resort,” after the state has “reached out” to people.

As tweeted by the WHO Europe Director Hans Kluge:

“[Do not] mandate vaccination if you haven’t reached out first to communities. Mandates around vaccination are an absolute last resort and only applicable when all other feasible options to improve vaccination have been exhausted.”

Now, on its face, you might think this sounds quite reasonable. After all, he’s calling for more outreach and dialogue between the government and the general public – how could that be bad?

Well, of course, it isn’t bad. It’s great, and we need more of it.

The bad part is what comes next, if the dialogue doesn’t go the “right way” in the eyes of the government.

According to the WHO, the government should ask you to receive the jab nicely. They should encourage you, nudge you, try to incentivise you.

But ultimately, if none of these measures succeed in convincing you, then they should force you.

This is not what we call a “choice.” This is the illusion of choice.

Just imagine for a moment if one took this approach to dating.

“Don’t kidnap someone unless you’ve asked them out and tried to win their heart with flowers and chocolates first. Kidnapping is a last resort when all other feasible romantic options have been exhausted.”

Now, of course that’s a hyperbolic example, and I’m half joking. But the underlying point still stands.

Would anyone say that such a situation was offering a person an option?

Of course not. It’s a variation of the classic line: “We can do this the easy way, or the hard way.”

“We can be nice and you can comply now, or we can make you comply later.” That’s essentially the message when you get down to brass tacks.

Here’s the thing about inalienable rights: they’re inalienable.

They can’t be abridged, ever, for any reason. The right to medical freedom and bodily autonomy are sacrosanct, and not dependent on circumstance.

Even if the WHO appears to be scolding or restraining governments here, by giving States any kind of a nod to suspend people’s medical sovereignty, for any reason, is to revoke the right altogether. It is no longer a right if the government has the authority to take it from you. No ifs, no buts, no coconuts.

Strap in for the incoming vaccine mandates across the continent, coming soon to a country near you. Something tells me it’s going to be a bumpy ride.



Share mdi-share-variant mdi-twitter mdi-facebook mdi-whatsapp mdi-telegram mdi-linkedin mdi-email mdi-printer mdi-chevron-left Prev Next mdi-chevron-right Related
Comments are open

Do you agree with Senator Keogan that people on long-term unemployment benefit should have to do community service for the money?

View Results

Loading ... Loading ...