“We cannot stigmatize those who have legitimate doubts about vaccines” – Ciência & Saúde

'We cannot stigmatize those who have legitimate doubts about vaccines'

The new restrictions and the need for a third dose of the vaccine have brought thousands of protesters to the streets all over Europe. Psychologist believes that a conciliatory posture should be adopted.

Covid-19 cases continue to increase across Europe in what is now considered the fifth wave of the disease on the continent. And with the return of cases, many states are seeking to reintroduce restrictive measures to halt the spread of the disease. But these new measures have been received less emphatically than those previously imposed, and tens of thousands of protesters have taken to the streets to protest against them in several European countries, such as Germany, Northern Ireland, Croatia, the Netherlands and Belgium. For now, Portugal continues to sidestep these demonstrations and have lighter restrictions.

Psychologist Tiago Pereira reinforces, in statements to SATURDAY, that at this moment it is no longer just the pandemic deniers who are demonstrating. “We have seen many people who recognize the danger of the pandemic and even get vaccinated, but who have reached a state of pandemic saturation that makes them try to show their indignation. But we cannot say that they are deniers,” he explains.

Last weekend, in Brussels, tens of thousands of people took to the streets to demonstrate against the new rules, with protests ending in violent clashes. The demonstration that saw more than 30,000 people take to the streets began at the headquarters of the European Parliament. After a few hours, the protest turned violent, with the police intervening, using water cannons. About 40 people were arrested and at least three police officers were injured. But this weekend’s protests did not stop with Belgium. The Netherlands, Croatia, Austria and Switzerland staged protests against restrictions, as well as Italy.

Source: SÁBADO by www.sabado.pt.

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