In response to Fandango’s Who Won the Week posts, I have been looking at my own newsfeeds.
I just wanted to share this story with you this week. It’s referring to Austria, so it’s probably not an in-your-face story anywhere (except maybe Austria!), but certainly is available to follow in the rest of Europe.
Once again it is about our old friend COVID. Worried once more about the numbers, the Austrian government announced more lockdown measures, plus mandatory vaccinations. Read that bit again. Mandatory vaccinations.
I’m not going to comment on whether this is good or bad, I’ll let you guys be the judges. I just had the following observations.
- fundamentally, that Austria has a government which feels it can make such an edict. It must feel that people will either comply, or that it has the means to enforce this. It couldn’t happen in the UK, where there is no real ability to enforce, more of a hope that people will “do the right thing”. (Vaccination rates here are 80-90% so there is, indeed, widespread voluntary compliance.) And I don’t think even the remotest possibility in the US.
- If you read the story, that vaccinated people came out of lockdown (today), whereas for unvaccinated people, restrictions still apply. So this is an example of discriminatory laws being applied to the population as a whole.
Again, I don’t think this is something that could happen in the UK/US. Sure, people can say “you must be vaccinated, if you wish to work here”, but this stops short of an all-out “you must be vaccinated, or else…”
Think about this for a minute. Vaccinated/unvaccinated. How do they know? It’s one thing, wearing a mask or not – something that’s visible and obvious, but a vaccination?
- Lastly, the guts of the story. People are out on the streets, protesting, and have been for several weeks. These people are civilised Europeans and seem only to protest at weekends, but the estimate was around 50,000, so a large demonstration, but not large in terms of the population as a whole (9M). We’ve seen in the UK how small groups of people can make a terrific amount of noise, but actually have little support at the ballot box.
Anyway, I just thought you might be interested what’s happening on mainland Europe. The Germans have introduced vaccinated/unvaccinated restrictions, too.