COVID Vaccine Mandates Strongly Opposed in Europe, US as Failures Increase

Since coronavirus pandemic lockdowns have been carried out by many governments in 2020, folks all over the world have held largely peaceable protests in opposition to unprecedented social distancing restrictions which can be devastating world economies and ruining folks’s lives.1,2,3,4

Now, confronted with being ordered to obey new legal guidelines that require them to be injected with COVID-19 vaccines in order to enter public areas or maintain a job, on July 24, 2021 — World Freedom Day — a whole lot of hundreds of individuals of all ages took to the streets in Australia, United Kingdom, France, Italy, Greece and Germany to publicly problem oppressive public well being legal guidelines.5,6

The messages on the indicators they held have been various however they have been united in pushing again in opposition to authorities overreach.

The courageous willpower of individuals, in democracies all over the world who’re publicly defending civil liberties — freedom of thought, speech, conscience and meeting — and the human proper to knowledgeable consent to medical danger taking, demonstrates that the spirit of freedom lives in the hearts and minds of individuals in all places. Both those that collect in the general public squares of cities massive and small and those that are watching are impressed by this dedication to defending liberty.

In the United States, no massive demonstrations have been held but, however polls reveal the nation is sharply divided about COVID-19 vaccine mandates.

A Politico/Harvard ballot taken in late June 2021 discovered that Americans have been evenly cut up on whether or not youngsters ought to be required to get the COVID-19 vaccine to go to high school and greater than half of employed Americans are in opposition to COVID-19 vaccine necessities for holding a job, whereas virtually 70 % of Americans oppose being required to indicate proof of a COVID-19 vaccination to enter a retailer or enterprise.7

A current CS Mott Children’s Hospital ballot discovered that greater than half of oldsters in the U.S. with youngsters between the ages of three and 11 say it’s unlikely they may give their youngsters the COVID-19 vaccine.8

Australia: ‘The lockdown Is Killing Us, Not COVID’

With a inhabitants of 25 million folks, Australians have been subjected to repeated strict lockdowns over the previous 18 months and the federal government’s “stay at home” lockdown in early July 2021 was imposed on New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia, the place greater than half the nation’s inhabitants lives. The 30-day inflexible social distancing restrictions have been enacted after 176 new each day infections have been registered in the entire nation.9

In response, hundreds of Australians gathered in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane on July 24 to protest the lockdown.

Social distancing restrictions which have been imposed embrace obligatory masking in all indoor non-personal residence settings; most faculties closed; restrictions on how far folks can journey from their properties; no going to work apart from designated “essential” staff (who have to be examined each three days); exercising and gathering exterior solely in teams of two; procuring just for important objects; attendance at funerals restricted to 10 folks however weddings are banned, and different limits on person-to-person social interplay.

In what the U.Okay. newspaper Daily Mail described as “frenzied crowds” coming collectively on July 24, there have been estimates that as many as 10,000 protesters marched from Victoria Park to Town Hall in the central enterprise district.

Carrying indicators calling for “freedom” and “the truth” and “I don’t consent” and “Wake up Australia!” and “We are your employers, we are not your slaves” and “unmasked, untested, unvaxxed, unafraid” and “I am not a biohazard” and “Our kids are not your guinea pigs” and “No false tests, no false cases, no lockdowns,” one protester stated, “We don’t give a f*** mate, this lockdown is killing us.” Another agreed: “I’m against lockdowns, they’re killing my business.”

Dozens of protesters climbed onto the roofs of a practice station and Woolworths retailer as the group gathered round Town Hall singing the Australian nationwide anthem. One observer stated on social media, “Protest stretches right down Broadway! Absolutely massive turnout.”

The Sydney protest was principally peaceable however when mounted police informed the demonstrators to disperse or they might be pepper sprayed, some broke by way of a police barrier and threw plastic bottles and crops at officers. The New South Wales Police Minister confirmed 57 folks have been arrested and charged and a “strike force has been established to investigate who was in attendance.”10

On July 28, the Australian Prime Minister known as in army personnel to assist implement social distancing restrictions in Sydney and prolonged the lockdown for one more month after 239 new circumstances of COVID-19 have been detected in town of 5 million folks inside a 24-hour interval. Residents will likely be pressured to put on a masks exterior their properties and should keep inside 3 miles of their properties, solely going out for “essential” actions like meals procuring.11

On July 30, the Australian authorities used helicopters and the Army to assist police implement its ‘Zero Covid’ lockdown in Sydney and challenge $500 fines for failure to masks.12 The BBC reported that Australian Defense Force troopers will start conducting unarmed patrols of the streets this week.13

According to media stories, sirens may very well be heard all through town and helicopters blared messages that ‘that is public well being order — don’t break guidelines — you may be discovered and fined.’

Road blocks have been arrange in a army present of drive in response to the general public demonstrations earlier in the week, though troopers are below police command. Starting this week, army personnel will accompany police going door to door to make sure that individuals who have examined optimistic for COVID-19 are isolating.14

Reuters stories that the Australian COVID-19 vaccination price for adults stands at 18 % and the Prime Minister has stated 80 % of adults should get vaccinated earlier than the border, which has been sealed because the pandemic started, will likely be re-opened.15

Britain: ‘No Forced Testing, No Forced Vaccines’

In May 2021, a 12 mile procession of tens of hundreds of individuals ended at Parliament Square in a protest in opposition to persevering with lockdowns and vaccine passports as a situation of accessing public venues.16

On July 19, the British authorities lifted the COVID-19 lockdown that had been in place for over a yr, eliminating masking necessities, work at home, and limits on numbers of people that can collect collectively, which allowed for the total opening of eating places and different public venues with out social distancing restrictions.17

Just 5 days after the lockdown restrictions have been lifted, hundreds of individuals made their solution to Trafalgar Square on July 24 to sign their opposition to potential future lockdowns, as properly as to protest in opposition to the displaying of COVID-19 vaccine passports as a situation of getting into public areas.18

There have been banners draped in entrance of the speaker podium saying, “the public demands live debate” and “Science is not science without discussion” and demonstrators held indicators that stated “No forced testing, no forced vaccines” and “We are the lions in a world of sheep” and “If you tolerate this, your children will be next.”19

Toward the tip of the July 24 demonstration, the large gathering in Trafalgar Square in unison sang, “You’ll Never Walk Alone:”

When you stroll by way of a storm
Hold your head up excessive,
And do not be afraid of the darkish.
At the tip of a storm is a golden sky
And the candy silver music of a lark.

Walk on by way of the wind,
Walk on by way of the rain,
Though your desires be tossed and blown.
Walk on, Walk on
With hope in your coronary heart
And you may by no means stroll alone,
You’ll by no means stroll alone.

The United Kingdom, which has a inhabitants of 57 million, ranks in the highest 20 most COVID vaccinated nations, with an grownup vaccination price of over 57 %.20

France: ‘My Body Is Mine’ and ‘It Is My Choice’

Paris, France and the cities of Marseille, Montpelier, Nantes and Toulouse noticed tens of hundreds of individuals take to the streets on World Freedom Day to protest in opposition to a proposed regulation that will require all well being care employees to get COVID-19 vaccinations or lose their jobs.

People will likely be barred from getting into eating places or different public venues, successfully stopping them from collaborating in public life until they’ve a well being cross displaying proof of COVID-19 vaccination, restoration from the illness or a current unfavourable COVID-19 take a look at.

A care assistant at a Strasbourg nursing house expressed her disgust with the proposed regulation, saying it’s “the blackmail of caregivers who were at the fronts line during the first wave and who are now threatened with “no extra pay” and even being fired.”21

An enormous crowd of 160,000 folks or extra, many chanting “freedom, freedom” and carrying indicators saying “stop the dictatorship” and “Big Pharma shackles freedom” and “no to the pass of shame” and “vaccines: fake freedom” and “don’t touch our children” have been met by police deploying tear fuel and a water cannon used in opposition to a few of them.22

Reuters reported that scuffles broke out on the Champs-Elysees and the Gare Saint-Lazare railway station.23 The demonstrators met on the Bastille plaza and marched by way of japanese Paris and likewise gathered at Place Trocadero close to the Eiffel Tower to protest the required carrying of a “health pass.”24

Just two days after witnessing a number of hundred thousand folks voicing their opposition to the proposed new public well being regulation, on July 26, the French Parliament voted to cross the regulation that may take impact this week.25,26

Five days later, on July 31, a number of hundred thousand French residents of all ages once more flooded into the streets of Paris with indicators saying “We are not guinea pigs” and “It is our choice” and “My body is mine” and “Health terror — I will not submit” and “the 4th wave is us” in opposition to the brand new COVID-19 vaccine and vaccine passport.27

According to media stories, 4 marches dovetailed into the Place de la Bastille, with well being care employees in white coats main a few of them, and have been met by ready squads of gendarmes and CRS riot police with water cannons. Demonstrators additionally gathered on the Arc de Triomphe on the prime of the Champs-Elysees and on the Villiers metro station in northwest Paris.

Reportedly, about 150 different protest occasions additionally came about in cities round France, which has a inhabitants of about 67 million and an estimated COVID vaccination price of about 47.5 %28 or extra.

Italy: ‘Enough Dictatorship: No Green Passes’

Thousands of individuals gathered in Rome, Genova, Milan, Naples, Turin and scores of different cities in Italy on July 24 to voice their opposition to the federal government’s imposition of social distancing and COVID-19 vaccine necessities on residents, together with a requirement to hold the “Green Pass,” which is an extension of the European Union’s digital COVID certificates.29

The Green Pass will likely be required to enter cinemas, museums, indoor swimming swimming pools, sports activities stadiums or eat indoors at eating places, proving that an individual has been vaccinated, has had a current unfavourable COVID-19 take a look at or has recovered from the coronavirus an infection.30

Chanting and carrying indicators that stated “Freedom” and “No Green Pass” and “Down with the dictatorship” and “Better to die free than live like slaves” and “against vaccination obligations” and “government does terrorism” and “shame-shame,”31,32 reportedly about 80 cities in Italy noticed demonstrations on World Freedom Day.

These included an estimated 9 thousand folks in Milan, who marched in procession to the Piazza Duomo, the Galleria Vittoria Emanuele and to the Piazza Scala in entrance of the Town Hall. One banner stated “Big Pharma out of the state. No to multinationals.”

About 5 thousand folks gathered in Piazza Castello in Turin with indicators that stated “We want to have the freedom to choose – the freedom to go wherever we want without being tied to a sheet.”

In Rome, the place there have been anti-lockdown demonstrations over the previous yr to protest then closure of cafes, bars and eating places,33 an estimated two thousand demonstrated and the police intervened to disperse the group with armored automobiles.34 Italy has a inhabitants of about 60 million folks, with almost 52 % vaccinated for COVID-19.35

Greece: ‘Hands Off Our Children’

Thousands of individuals gathered in Omonia Square in the middle of Athens on July 24 to specific their opposition to the federal government’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate. They carried indicators saying “No mandatory vaccinations” and “No blackmail to dismiss” and “No separation of Greeks” and “hands off our children.”

The chief of the anti-COVID vaccine motion in Greece, heart specialist Faidon Vovolis, MD addressed the large crowd, which, in accordance with Athens News, included “not only anti-vaccination activists, but also food and tourism entrepreneurs, clergy, citizens disaffected by the overall government leadership over the pandemic, and vaccinated citizens who view recent government measures as anti-democractic.”36

Greek police used tear fuel and water cannon to disperse the demonstrators, who had rallied exterior the Parliament constructing to protest COVID-19 vaccine necessities for employees, such as well being care employees. Reuters stated that about 45 % of Greece’s 11 million inhabitants is already vaccinated.37

Germany: ‘For Peace, Freedom, Truth’

Berlin has been the positioning of a number of massive demonstrations in opposition to lockdowns and COVID vaccine passports over the previous yr.38 On Aug. 1, 2021, tens of hundreds of residents marched in the streets of Berlin to protest lockdowns which have restricted eating indoors at eating places or staying in a resort and necessities to supply proof of COVID vaccination, defying a ban by German decrease and higher administrative courts on public demonstrations.39

Berlin’s administrative courtroom had refused to authorize 13 demonstrations, a few of which had been organized by the Querdenker (Lateral thinker) anti-lockdown motion.40

Berlin’s police division deployed greater than 2,000 officers armed with batons, pepper spray and water cannon as the crowds made their method from Berlin’s Charlottenburg neighborhood, previous the Tiergarten park and on to the Brandenberg Gate.

Reportedly, police in closely armed vans dragged protesters throughout roads and into the vans with marchers shouting for freedom and the lifting of obligatory masking and journey bans. Protesters continued to march in the night by way of town streets and 600 folks have been arrested.41 Germany has a inhabitants of 83 million and 52 % have been absolutely vaccinated.42

Human Rights Watch: COVID-19 Triggers Wave of Free Speech Abuse

On Feb. 11, 2021, Human Rights Watch printed a report known as for an finish to extreme restrictions on free speech and peaceable demonstration the place persons are criticizing COVID-19 lockdowns, obligatory masking and different social distancing laws that limit civil liberties. The human rights group stated:43

“At least 83 governments worldwide have used the Covid-19 pandemic to justify violating the train of free speech and peaceable meeting … Authorities have attacked, detained, prosecuted, and in some circumstances killed critics, damaged up peaceable protests, closed media shops, and enacted obscure legal guidelines criminalizing speech that they declare threatens public well being.

The victims embrace journalists, activists, healthcare employees, political opposition teams, and others who’ve criticized authorities responses to the coronavirus … Governments and different state authorities ought to instantly finish extreme restrictions on free speech in the identify of stopping the unfold of Covid-19.”

Decentralized Government in US Makes a National COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate More Difficult

Unlike centralized governments in Europe and lots of different elements of the world, the founders of the United States of America ensured in the U.S. Constitution that this nation would function with lawmaking energy shared between nationwide, state and native governments.44

The undeniable fact that lawmaking energy in the U.S. doesn’t solely reside with the federal authorities, which consists of the legislative (U.S. Congress), Executive (President/federal businesses) and Judicial (federal courts) branches, to this point has protected the U.S. inhabitants from being subjected to the identical sorts of uniform lockdown restrictions and now, the identical sorts of COVID-19 vaccine mandates which can be being carried out in European Union nations and different nations with centralized federal governments.

Since most public well being legal guidelines in the U.S. fall below the authorized jurisdiction of states, if a resident doesn’t just like the lockdown, masking, social distancing or COVID-19 vaccine mandates in the state they’re dwelling in, they merely can transfer to a special state that doesn’t have the identical type of oppressive public well being legal guidelines.

This is one cause why, though there have been smaller anti-lockdown and anti-COVID-19 vaccine mandate demonstrations in the U.S. over the previous 15 months, a few of them protesting COVID-19 vaccine necessities for well being care employees,45 to this point there haven’t been large nationwide demonstrations in the U.S. like these happening in Europe and different elements of the world.

U.S. Government Pushes for an 85 Percent COVID-19 Vaccination Rate

As of July 28, about 60 % of the U.S. inhabitants of 332 million folks age 12 and older had acquired at the least one dose of COVID vaccine and reportedly 50 %, or about 165 million Americans, are “fully” vaccinated.46 As the third largest nation in the world, the U.S. has a excessive COVID-19 vaccination price in comparison with different nations, with solely 25 nations recording the next vaccination price than the U.S.47

According to Johns Hopkins University Coronavirus Resource Center, the nation with the biggest inhabitants in the world at 1.5 billion folks — China — has a 16 % COVID vaccination price; the nation with the second largest inhabitants in the world at 1.4 billion folks — India — has a 7.4 % COVID vaccination price; and Russia, with a inhabitants of 146 million folks, has a 17 COVID vaccination price.48

However, U.S. authorities officers are pushing for an 85 % COVID vaccination price in the U.S.,49 even as a former FDA commissioner says {that a} mixture of pure acquired immunity and vaccine acquired immunity is probably going quickly attaining an 85 % herd immunity price with the Delta variant in the U.S. inhabitants.50

Half to Two-Thirds of Americans Oppose Punitive COVID-19 Vaccine Mandates as Companies Begin to Mandate

Even although polls present that one-half to two-thirds of Americans oppose COVID-19 vaccine mandates, relying upon the setting,51 on July 29, the President introduced that every one federal employees and contractors should present proof of COVID-19 vaccination or masks and social distance always and get continuously examined.52

The federal authorities is also urging firms, native and state authorities businesses, medical amenities and different establishments to make vaccination a situation of employment.

Some corporations, like Google, Facebook, Morgan Stanley, Ascension Health, The Washington Post, Saks Fifth Avenue, Lyft and Uber, Walmart and Disney have already mandated staff to get COVID-19 pictures to persevering with working for the businesses.53,54 On July 30, Broadway theaters introduced that every one members of the viewers will likely be required to indicate proof of COVID-19 vaccination and should preserve a masks on always besides when consuming or consuming.55

Opposition Grows as CDC Admits Fully Vaccinated Persons Can Get and Efficiently Transmit COVID-19

After lifting nationwide masking suggestions for COVID vaccinated individuals in May 2021 with the reassurance that the vaccine was efficient in stopping symptomatic SARS-CoV-2 an infection,56 on July 27, CDC officers abruptly reversed course and stated that Americans, whether or not vaccinated or not, ought to put on a masks indoors exterior their properties in sure locations.57,58

They stated they based mostly that coverage change on new information that the COVID-19 vaccines don’t reliably forestall an infection and transmission of the Delta variant of SARS-CoV-2 and that the viral load in vaccinated individuals who get contaminated is as excessive as the viral load in unvaccinated individuals who get contaminated.59,60

CDC officers stated the brand new federal indoor masking coverage particularly applies to adults in “high risk” areas the place there are extra folks being contaminated with the Delta variant. The masking directive additionally applies to all unvaccinated youngsters over age two, as properly as vaccinated youngsters over age 12 attending college, and moreover consists of all academics, college workers and guests to varsities whether or not vaccinated or not.61

Reuters reported on July 24 that vaccinated folks made up 75 % of current COVID-19 circumstances recognized in Singapore, however vaccinated circumstances have been related to gentle signs:

“Of Singapore’s 1,096 locally transmitted infections in the last 28 days, 484 or about 44 percent were in fully vaccinated people, while 30 percent were partially vaccinated and just over 25 percent were unvaccinated.”62

The share ratio of contaminated vaccinated to contaminated unvaccinated individuals in Singapore matches that of a current SARS-CoV-2 outbreak in Massachusetts. On July 30, Associated Press reported that information in CDC paperwork revealed that 75 % of the Provincetown outbreak occurred amongst absolutely vaccinated people.

About 80 % of them skilled COVID-19 signs, with the commonest being cough, headache, sore throat, muscle aches and fever.63

U.S. States Push Back Against COVID-19 Vaccine Mandates

Over the previous yr, Americans have been taking motion on the state and native degree to dam COVID-19 vaccine mandates. A lot of states have handed legal guidelines that limit COVID-19 vaccine mandates and “vaccine passports” that bar folks from getting into public areas.

Among the states which have handed legal guidelines prohibiting COVID-19 vaccine passports or COVID-19 vaccine mandates in a way are Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Arizona, Oklahoma, Florida, Idaho, Iowa, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, Montana, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, and Utah.64,65,66

On July 29, the Governor of Texas signed an govt order prohibiting state authorities businesses from mandating COVID-19 vaccine being distributed below Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) and banning public or personal entities that obtain state funds from denying entry to those that aren’t vaccinated and, moreover, banning corporations, state and native businesses — together with college districts — from requiring masks sporting.

He stated that Texans, “have the individual right and responsibility to decide for themselves and their children whether they will wear masks, open their businesses, and engage in leisure activities.”67

Governors of a number of different states even have issued govt orders prohibiting COVID-19 vaccine mandates and a few native and state governments have prohibited masks mandates.68,69 But some metropolis and state governments, like New York City and California, have created authorized necessities that drive state staff to get vaccinated as a situation of maintaining their jobs.70

On July 26, the nation’s largest healthcare employee union, United Healthcare Workers, demonstrated in New York City in opposition to worker COVID-19 vaccine mandates.71 So far, the COVID-19 vaccine mandate as a situation of employment can be opposed by the American Postal Workers Union,72 Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association, and United Auto Workers.73

It’s Up to You to Act Now

With army troopers patrolling the streets in Sydney, Australia and police with water cannons and tear fuel going through tens of hundreds of individuals protesting in opposition to vaccine passports and COVID-19 vaccine mandates in the streets of London, Paris, Rome, Athens and lots of different cities in Europe, there ought to be little doubt the place the enforcement of obligatory vaccination insurance policies are headed in the U.S. if Americans fail to proactively take motion now.

There is not any query that we’re coping with a world assault on civil liberties and human rights when public dialogue and debate about authorities coverage is censored74,75 and peaceable dissent is taken into account a criminal offense. Public well being legal guidelines that respect civil liberties and the knowledgeable consent ethic can solely be secured if the lawmakers we elect worth civil liberties and defend knowledgeable consent rights. Become absolutely knowledgeable about who you’re voting for and by no means miss a possibility to vote.

I and the supporters of the non-profit charity the National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC) have labored since 1982 to stop vaccine accidents and deaths by way of public schooling. We have publicly defended the moral precept of knowledgeable consent to medical danger taking and different human rights that embrace freedom of thought, speech and conscience.

In 2010, we launched the NVIC Advocacy Portal, a free online communications and advocacy community to empower Americans to work in their very own communities to safe knowledgeable consent protections in public well being legal guidelines.

Now greater than ever, it’s time to get to know your native, county and state elected representatives – out of your college board members and county supervisors to your native sheriff and lawmakers – who symbolize you in your native and state governments. Establish a private relationship with those that make legal guidelines that govern you and your loved ones.

Have a dialog with them now about why you imagine you will need to defend civil liberties and vaccine knowledgeable consent rights in public well being legal guidelines. Provide them with properly referenced vaccine information from and register and be a part of with hundreds of others in your state working to guard the authorized proper to make a voluntary vaccination resolution by turning into a person of the NVIC Advocacy Portal at

Actively take part in the democratic course of that has outlined who we’re as a Constitutional Republic because the US Constitution was ratified in 1788. Be the one who by no means has to say you didn’t do as we speak what you would have achieved to vary tomorrow.


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