If This Hesitancy Persists


This afternoon.

Via Martina Devlin in the Irish Independent:

The Czech Medical Chamber is calling on the government to introduce mandatory vaccination for all adults, as in Austria, its neighbour to the south, which is imposing compulsory vaccinations for all adults from February 1.

While Ireland has no stomach for mandatory vaccination, and compliance is high in any event, there are parallel issues that need to be debated. For example, the question of an individual’s data protection versus whether people have a right to know if they are interacting regularly with someone who is unvaccinated. Are anti-vaxxer rights impinging on the rights of others to work or avail of services in a safe environment?

An employer has a duty of care toward employees, but how can they guarantee a safe working environment if they aren’t allowed to ask if staff are vaccinated? An unvaccinated chef can prepare and cook food, an unvaccinated waiter can serve it, but a customer must have a Covid pass to eat it. Such illogicalities are difficult to defend.

It’s going to take more than scare tactics to convince the vaccine resisters among us (Martina Devlin, Independent.ie)


“There’s a debate about year three by the way, should there be forced vaccines on people if this hesitancy persists. It’s a tricky thing. [WHO’s] Mike Ryan, who you may have seen yesterday, said don’t do that, that is the last resort here, you know? It’s still all about cajoling and trying to convince people to take up the vaccine.”

Professor Luke O’Neill, on Newstalk yesterday.


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35 thoughts on “If This Hesitancy Persists

  1. Janet, dreams of an alternate universe

    So who’s liable after a forced vaccination if there are complications ? You can’t force someone to sign a waiver.

    1. Chris

      I doubt there will be waivers at that point. Our rights are tenuous, when those that hold the keys to legislation – are working towards their abolishment.

      1. Janet, dreams of an alternate universe

        ah that should be fun joining the tuam survivors and cervical cancer victimes for réparation from the state.

  2. goldenbrown

    and there we go
    we’ve finally managed to go full blown dailymail
    yellow iron-on stars to protect us all from the scary flesh eating botswana version 3.75 next

  3. Chris

    It will progress to a mandatory situation, but they don’t want to spook parents, just yet. Getting the 5+ cohorts jabbed is the present goal.

    1. E'Matty

      Again, the rat licking conspiraloons look to be right and the herd types who still think this is about a virus continue to be proven wrong.

  4. wearnicehats

    It is mad that an employer hasn’t the right to know if an employee is vaccinated or not though

    1. E'Matty

      Why should they get to know? The only logic for them knowing is based on your stupid conditioned view of the unvaccinated as plague carriers and the vaxxed as pure and immune. Why should we lose our right to privacy in medical health simply because you don’t actually understand basic science and logic?

      1. wearnicehats

        The one thing you can be sure of is that anyone who champions the rights of the employee has never employed anyone.

        1. Fergalito

          Death, that’s all you can be sure of and perhaps dropping a deuce a few times a week.

          If the rights of the employee had never been championed we’d be sending kids up chimneys and down into coal mines for sixpence a week.

    2. SOQ

      Given that you are just as infectious- why should it be any of their business?

      And, even infectivity aside, why CoViD-19 and not say flu which is just as dangerous?

  5. Dr.Fart

    so tired of covid stuff on broadsheet. 90% articles are covid related. it should be called the covid times.

    1. GiggidyGoo

      We’ve had non stop covid wall to wall on the news since early 2020. RTE is shameful in its coverage on the news, on Scare Byrne, on the Late Late, on Prime Time etc. etc. and all basically one sided scare mongering.

  6. ce

    Omicron… strong branding… squeaky bum stuff…

    Anyway, why follow public health advice from people who’ve trained in public health for 20 odd years when you can do your own research and find the real truth…

    Have a good weekend paranoids…

    1. wearnicehats

      Omicron… strong branding… squeaky bum stuff…

      Unless you’re a Futurama fan

      Get your Booster Shot puny Earthlings

        1. wearnicehats

          Wow Chris – you’re still here. Your ma must be letting you stay up for the Toy Show

          Get your boosters everyone – If we can hit that bullseye, the rest of the dominoes will fall like a house of cards. Checkmate! – Zapp Brannigan

          Interestingly the original destination for the ship in the movie Alien: Covenant was Omicron Persei 8. Coincidence? I don’t think so……#inthistogether

          1. Chris

            ‘There’s no cure for stupid..’ was an old saying. But I do believe ‘boosters’ might just be that cure.

          1. Chris

            I’ll unpack it for you. There’s two levels of irony involved. The pop culture reference, that will get all the nerds excited (you). And the Germatria reference, that will appeal to schizotypal types, “OMG Bill Gates!!” (others).

            I see it as a malicious psyop, as is most of this propaganda. But it pays to be aware all the same.

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