Vaccination of selected age groups would be an ideal way to combat the coronavirus pandemic. This was stated by Prime Minister Eduard Heger (OĽaNO) in the discussion program Saturday Dialogues of Radio Slovakia. He added that he has been discussing such a solution not only with doctors but also with lawyers for two weeks. However, Peter Pellegrini (Voice) warns that such a decision will be a detonator.
According to Heger, compliance with the constitution needs to be assessed in this context. “It is very important here that constitutional lawyers say whether our constitution allows a certain age group to be vaccinated,” the prime minister said, adding that mainly groups 65+ but also 60+ or 50+ should be vaccinated. “If possible, this will clearly be my proposal,” Heger emphasized.
According to the Prime Minister, in this context it is not necessary to determine the selected groups according to the profession. “She doesn’t choose the virus by profession. On the other hand, we need to protect everyone who comes into contact with seniors if we want to protect seniors, “he said, adding that staff coming into contact with seniors should be vaccinated.” If we find it constitutional, I will initiate, “the Prime Minister added.
In the event that it will not be possible to vaccinate selected groups due to constitutional obstacles, ie according to age, according to Heger, the situation can be solved only by compulsory vaccination of the entire population. “It simply came to our notice then. But I think that following the example of Austria and other countries, we will see, even on the example of death, that there is no other way, “added Heger.
“I am convinced that there is no other way than vaccines if we do not want to have repeated waves and lockdowns. This is consuming people’s lives, the economy, “he continued.
According to Heger, it is important that “the opposition also gets on board”. He added that the opposition voters mostly end up in hospitals, so she should also be constructive in these discussions. However, the prime minister said that he was similarly leading the discussions directly in the coalition, where there is no unity in the opinion on compulsory vaccination.
According to him, vaccinated people are 29 times less likely to end up in the hospital, 4 times less likely to become infected and significantly less likely to spread the infection.
Heger said he was not happy with the vaccination campaign so far. “We clearly encouraged people to consult their doctor,” he said, asking GPs to explain the benefits of vaccination to their patients.
According to the Ministry of Health, the mandatory vaccination of selected groups of the population against covid is already a reality in some countries. Discussions on this topic are already taking place at the expert level in Slovakia, confirmed the ministry’s spokeswoman Zuzana Eliášová.
“Seniors are the most vulnerable group with a severe course of Covid-19, as evidenced by hospital data. At present, a large part of them is still not protected by the vaccine, which leads to unnecessary hospitalizations and even more unnecessary deaths, “Eliášová emphasized.
She reminded that vaccination is the most effective protection against the severe course of the disease. According to her, this is also confirmed by data from Friday, November 19, when up to 88.6 percent of patients were not vaccinated with artificial lung ventilation.
Lockdown modeled on Austria
According to Heger, the introduction of a lockdown for all, regardless of the Austrian-style vaccination, is not ruled out. If the epidemic situation continues to worsen, measures will tighten again next week. According to him, everything depends on the development of the coming days.
“I consider the measures we have taken this week to be strict, but we are monitoring the situation. If this worsens, we will have to further tighten up our measures. I do not see a real relaxation of measures for the vaccinated yet, “Heger stated.
“It is unacceptable for the vaccinated, who have done everything right, to vaccinate in order to protect their health, their families and their colleagues, to pay extra in the long term for not having room for planned hospital operations,” the prime minister said.
The prime minister has admitted the introduction of a nationwide lockdown, an effort to protect hospitals. “I admit him, and I prefer him now than later. It all depends on the developments in the hospitals in the coming days, “he explained. The tightening of measures is also intended to help stabilize the situation before Christmas. He reminded that hospitals are filled mainly by unvaccinated patients.
“Covid is going unvaccinated today. We don’t divide people into vaccinated and non-vaccinated, that’s what the covid did. We are protecting them all today, “the prime minister emphasized. He considers the enormous number of unvaccinated hospitals to be the primary problem.
The Minister of Health Vladimír Lengvarský (nom. OĽaNO) together with the Council of Experts called for the introduction of a lockdown for all on Tuesday. However, this proposal did not pass the government. The strongest critic is SaS.
Voice: Mandatory vaccination is a detonator
By initiating the compulsory vaccination against Covid, Prime Minister Heger ignites a detonator in Slovak society, which can have unforeseeable consequences. The vote fundamentally rejects compulsory vaccination.
“The Slovak government is unable to add a series of fatal failures that have already caused thousands of unnecessary deaths. After unnecessary extensive testing, a farce with Sputnik vaccine and a failed vaccination campaign, Eduard Heger opens Pandora’s box by enforcing mandatory vaccination. The Prime Minister is making a huge mistake that could increase tensions in Slovak society to an extremely dangerous level, “said party leader and former prime minister Peter Pellegrini.
The voice insists that vaccination must remain voluntary and must be the free choice of every human being. “If the government has failed to convince more than half of Slovak citizens of the benefits of vaccination in the three quarters of the year, it cannot now drive them into vaccination centers with threats and threats,” Pellegrini added.Read more There were a record number of more than 9,000 cases of covid
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