Though it should be unsurprising, clown world has managed to find a way to continue to outdo itself. Despite initial analysis showing that the latest variant of SARS-COV-2 represents a significantly lower risk than its predecessors, governments across the globe have hurried to use its emergence to advance their ulterior agendas. Perhaps it is that diminishing risk that has put the pressure on governments across the globe to push their plans into overdrive before the masses realize the fallacy of their initiatives. Of course, a new crisis means a new opportunity for nations across the globe whose public health initiatives have constantly ignored science unless it supports their dystopian vision for the future. This is evident in pandemic responses with no rhyme or reason that have been adopted nevertheless.
Vaccine mandates are the pinnacle and clear end game for those policy makers. They've already been established on conditional grounds, paving the way for their expansion. Throughout the world, mandates relative to industrial sectors have been implemented with regularity. Despite their widespread adoption, only 3 nations have actively mandated compulsory vaccines for all adults as of the date of writing this article. Indonesia made them mandatory in February, Micronesia follow suit in July, and Turkmenistan also requires all citizens over 18 to be vaccinated. However, in the last week calls for mandatory vaccinations have found a resounding chorus in Europe. Austria, France, Germany, and Greece have each put the compulsory vaccination of adult citizens to the forefront of their policy making priorities.
Today, Greece declared that all citizens over the age of 60 will be required to vaccinate themselves against COVID-19 to mitigate the spread of the disease following the emergence of the omicron variant. Hellenes over 60 who do not provide proof of vaccination by January 16th, 2022 will face monthly fines of 100 euros. Greece has already created a parallel society for the unvaccinated by barring them from indoor spaces including restaurants, gyms, and concert venues. With the average Greek pension being 730 euros, the fine represents a significant cost to a nation whose economy has floundered for the better part of 2 decades. 63% of Greece's population of 11 million fully vaccinated and data shows that there are approximately 520,000 people in Greece over 60 who remain unvaccinated who would be subject to the punitive measure supported by Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis.
Though Greece's January 16th deadline marks the earliest vaccine mandate that will take effect in Europe, it was not the first to be announced. Austria gained the distinction of legislating Europe's first national vaccine mandate earlier this month. In the wake of implementing a nation-wide lockdown of its unvaccinated population, Austrian Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg announced that his government would require all adults in the nation to be vaccinated by February 1st, 2022.
Like Greece, Austria will impose fines on its unvaccinated population. Unlike Greece, the fines imposed in Austria are untenable with failure to establish full vaccination status resulting in a fine of up to 7,200 euros according to initial drafts of the law. An initial fine of 3,600 euros would be levied against Austrians, with district administrative authorities reserving the right to double the fine to 7,200 euros. Even those Austrians who are fully vaccinated will not be able to escape punishment. Schallenberg's mandate includes compulsory booster shots with a fine of up to 1,500 euros for those failing to maintain their "fully vaccinated" status.
What would an authoritarian political movement originating in Austria be without Germany following close behind? Despite the 2021 German elections marking a sea change in the nation's political climate by marking the end of the Angela Merkel era, the change in leadership represents no change in the country's tactics to fight COVID-19. Merkel's successor, Olaf Sholz, has yet to officially take office but has nevertheless voiced his support of a national vaccine mandates. Sholz plans to put forward a plan which will require all Germans to be vaccinated against the virus by the end of February, 2022 along with requiring proof of vaccination to be confirmed by non-essential stores nationwide.
In France, a proposal for mandatory vaccines against COVID-19 was introduced by Bernard Jomier, Chair of the Social Affairs Commitee, in October. However, the proposal was rejected by the French senate following its first reading at a public session on October 13th. No new proposal has been introduced to the French parliament just yet. However, with neighboring Germany taking steps to mandate vaccinations, it may just be a matter of time before France rolls over and follows in Germany's foot steps.
Meanwhile in the anglosphere, the same kind of initiative toward compulsory vaccines has yet to find the same momentum. In recent weeks, the Biden Administration's best efforts have been thwarted as a third injunction against a new rule implementation by the Department of Labor has been granted by a federal judge. Despite having reckless abandon for the first two injunctions, the White House has tempered its incredulity by scaling back its instructions for federal agencies to carry forward with implementing the mandate.
That change of course draws parallels to the surprising decision in the UK for the government to choose not to implement vaccine passports as it had previously planned. Though no vaccine mandate for adults has been proposed, the UK has seized the onset of the omicron variant to double down on its vaccination campaign by making booster shots available to its entire adult population. Children between 12 and 15 will also be given the clearance to receive a second dose of a vaccine if at least 3 months after the first. In the near term, the UK has set a daily goal of 500,000 doses to prevent a potential resurgence of cases. Health and Social Care Secretary Sajid Javid announced these measures this Monday, also noting that the interval between boosters would be halved from 6 months to 3 months.
Though much of the western world hasn't embraced the totalitarian nature of mandating an experimental "medical treatment" among its populous as zealously as Greece, Germany, and Austria, the writing is clearly on the wall. The forthcoming mandates in those 3 European nations will certainly serve as a catalyst for the measure in countries across the globe. Their legislation has made it clear that public sentiment is supportive of such measures, even if it means willfully abandoning constitutional protections regarding privacy and bodily autonomy.
To illustrate the utter absurdity of the fervent support being voiced for compulsory vaccines, I present to you Jim Cramer, who apparently has abandoned Mad Money in favor of mad medicine: