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Empowerment, Not Compulsion, When It Comes To Vaccines

Aontú Leader & Meath West TD Peadar Tóibín has called for empowerment when it comes to the Covid-19 Vaccine, as opposed to talk of compulsion.

An Teachta Tóibín:

As long as the Covid-19 vaccine is safe, produced ethically and effective then the policy of the government should be one of empowerment and persuasion as opposed to force or compulsion. A policy of mandatory Vaccination would be a serious mistake in terms of civil liberties and in terms of bring people without to make the process effective.

“As pointed out by the Irish Council for Civil Liberties, mandatory vaccinations can have negative effect on the take up rate for vaccinations compared to voluntary vaccinations. Vaccination programmes hinge on public confidence. Compulsion will negate and undermine that confidence. The government cannot just approach every issue surrounding the Covid-19 virus with a stick, the government needs to work to persuade and inspire public confidence.

By Aontú Press | 2 December, 2020

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