The Czech Republic is reversing its decision to make vaccinations compulsory for seniors and specific professional groups such as firefighters, police officers, and nurses. After a cabinet meeting in Prague on Wednesday, the new prime minister Petr Fiala assured that there would be no vaccination requirements under his government. One does not want to deepen the rifts in society, said the leader who was sworn into office in December 2021.
The Czech Republic recently made international headlines by letting asymptomatic health workers who tested positive for Covid continue to work. The workers can continue going to their jobs in cases where services could not otherwise function. Doctors and nurses who qualify for this ‘working quarantine‘ will stay in isolation when not at work but letting them leave their homes is acceptable when the health system otherwise couldn’t cope without them.
Previous government advocated compulsory vaccination
In December, as one of the previous government’s last actions, they released an order in early December, making vaccination mandatory for people age 60 and over as well as medical personnel, police officers, firefighters, and medical students. Prime Minister Andrej Babiš’s order was supposed to come into force in March 2022. There were massive rallies against the controversial Babis government even before the covid times.
Record number of infections in the Czech Republic
According to the EU health authority ECDC, 62.9 percent of the population in the Czech Republic have received two experimental gene therapy injections. Almost a third of the population has also received a booster. That is less than most European Union countries.
The Czechs have been far more resistant to the injections than people in Austria or Germany. Moreover, they have consistently held large demonstrations against compulsory vaccination and other Covid measures. The Czech’s have shown that continued resistance pays off – both by refusing gene therapy and protesting in the streets.
European Countries Divided on Covid Measures
Meanwhile, the Austrian parliament just approved a mandatory vaccination order for all citizens, while other countries began to end their measures. Spain wants to treat Covid like the flu, Great Britain is phasing out all measures, and the Czech Republic is abolishing the planned compulsory vaccination.