Ethical Uptake


Rik Daems, President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, addressing council members this week

The Council of Europe  – an international Strasbourg-based organisation comprising 47 countries aimed at ‘protecting human rights and the rule of law in Europe ‘- has adopted the following ethical guidelines for member states ‘with respect to ensuring high vaccine uptake’…

7.3.1 ensure that citizens are informed that the vaccination is NOT mandatory and that no one is politically, socially, or otherwise pressured to get themselves vaccinated, if they do not wish to do so themselves;
7.3.2 ensure that no one is discriminated against for not having been vaccinated, due to possible health risks or not wanting to be vaccinated;
7.3.3 take early effective measures to counter misinformation, disinformation and hesitancy regarding Covid-19 vaccines;
7.3.4 distribute transparent information on the safety and possible side effects of vaccines, working with and regulating social media platforms to prevent the spread of misinformation;
7.3.5 communicate transparently the contents of contracts with vaccine producers and make them publicly available for parliamentary and public scrutiny…

Covid-19 vaccines: ethical, legal and practical considerations (Council of Europe)

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16 thoughts on “Ethical Uptake

  1. Brother Barnabas

    “7.3.3 take early effective measures to counter misinformation, disinformation and hesitancy regarding Covid-19 vaccines”

    few around here wont like that

  2. newsjustin

    “ensure that no one is discriminated against for not having been vaccinated.”

    Not having that. It is correct to discriminate against people who have (for no doctor prescribed reason) opted not to vaccinate themselves when they want to access crowded places/events, etc.

    They don’t have to take the vaccine. No one does. But other people are allowed to respond to that decision too.

        1. AC

          If you get the vaccine you know you can still spread the virus. So not having the vaccine is only putting that person in danger. They are not a danger to anyone else other than themselves for not getting the vaccine. What is the point of forcing a person to have a vaccine if they do not want it? I myself would take the vaccine but I am not about to force anyone to have it if they dont want it.

          1. newsjustin

            By stopping symptoms, people are inevitably going to be far less likely to spread the virus. Research is under way to verify that. Naturally, to date, its been hard to verify that in the real world. Or course people can still spread the virus, in many ways, but not spraying disease over their surroundings will drastically slow that.

  3. Paul Davis

    We are currently at a 4 year low in our national death rate.

    I guarantee that you will not hear that on the news.

    1. newsjustin

      I’ve never, ever heard any news outlet ever report on something like “lowest death rate in 4 years.” It’d be like the news reporting on highest birth rate in 2 years…..irrelevant.

      We know that people aren’t dropping like flies. 3,000 people have died of COVID, thousands have been sick, some have very long term issues from it.

      At the same time, road deaths, work place accidents, drug related deaths, etc, etc are probably down.

      Both these things can be true.

  4. Paul Davis

    Off course they can but I can assure you that at least 90% of the population world be surprised to hear that we currently have the lowest death rate in the last 4 years at the present moment.

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