Prime Minister Petr Fiala announced Wednesday that he is axing former Prime Minister Andrej Babis’ vaccine mandate for senior citizens and healthcare workers that was set to go into effect countrywide in March.
“We’ve agreed that vaccination against COVID-19 won’t be mandatory,” Fiala stated in a press conference. “We do not want to deepen the rifts in society.”
Prime Minister Petr Fiala announced WednesdWhile many have taken to social media to express their gratitude for the decision, the move does not seem to signal that the Czech Republic is completely departing from the mainstream COVID narrative, as Fiala still maintains that vaccination is “undoubtedly the best way to fight COVID-19,” despite a growing amount of recent evidence suggesting otherwise.
Nonetheless, the Czech Republic’s departure from mandatory vaccination seems to be part of a larger movement sweeping across Europe as some other governments are also putting an end to their coercive so-called COVID measures.
Earlier Wednesday, U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that he is lifting all restrictions imposed on his people over the coming weeks, including a removal of masks mandates, vaccine mandates, vaccine passports, and forced isolation of the infected.