13 January 2022 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Strong opposition to any attempt to introduce a programme of mandatory vaccination to combat the current Omicron variant wave of Covid-19 was expressed in a statement to the Northern Standard this week by the Co Monaghan branch of the Aontú political party. The statement read: “We, the members of Aontú Contae Mhuineacháin cumann, would like to voice our opposition to any proposal that could lead to the introduction of mandatory Covid-19 vaccination.

This is in response to an announcement from NPHET, an unelected team of civil servants, indicating that they will be producing a paper on the ethicality and legality of mandatory vaccination. “We believe this to be a step towards the introduction of such measure, which would be an attack on civil rights and liberties in this country.

“We are now approaching a critical crossroads in the history of democracy in this country. For almost two years, unelected health officials have dictated the path that this weak Government has followed regarding the pandemic. “The constant bombardment of news updates and warnings has caused untold damage to mental health and has incited fear in our elderly members of society. This week the media has decided to double down on the issue of mandatory vaccination, which we believe would be a dangerous and unethical precedent to bring into law in this country.

“We are now two years into the pandemic and we have a situation in this country where, due to the so-called “emergency powers”, this Government can introduce restrictions and change the law as it pleases without proper debate and…

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