“I have not yet received an answer to the question of what will happen to those people who are not allowed to be vaccinated,” says the former information commissioner.
“I am not one of those who are against vaccination. I advocate vaccination and listen to the experts who have convinced me that the vaccine is safe. However, as a lawyer dealing with fundamental human rights, I see difficulties in introducing a vaccination passport,” the former information commissioner said on the 24ur show last night Natasa Pirc Musar.
“I have not yet received an answer to the question of what will happen to those people who are not allowed to be vaccinated, who have health concerns, what will happen to pregnant women who are not allowed to be vaccinated, what will happen to those under 16 who are not allowed to be vaccinated. What about those who have survived covid and will be vaccinated later because they are not allowed to be vaccinated for half a year, “ she listed and added that for all of the above, travel will no longer be possible with the possible introduction of vaccination passports. He says this is discrimination from the point of view of human rights law.
He also sees the problem in the fact that the profession has so far failed to answer the question of whether carriers of the new coronavirus can be vaccinated: “Besides, the vaccine is far from enough to vaccinate anyone who wants it.”
“For all these reasons, I think it is premature to introduce a vaccine sheet,” said and concluded: “The European Union is talking about the vaccination list as a temporary measure, but all too often we have seen such measures become permanent.”
The head of the consular service at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs also agreed with her Andrej Šter. He also drew attention to the fact that no one can predict exactly how long the vaccine works: “We don’t know how long our immunity is and how long the certificate could be valid.”
Both drew attention to the possibility of so-called vaccination tourism. People could travel to other countries where they could be vaccinated earlier than in Slovenia and thus get a vaccination passport. Such countries include, for example, Russia or Israel, as well as Serbia.
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As we have written, the leaders of the European Union members also discussed in January the possibility of introducing a vaccination document for crossing borders. The leaders agreed that the health aspect of these so-called vaccination passports should be defined first, and only then will they be able to discuss the possible rights that such passports would bring. Leaders also pointed to the problem of discrimination.
In Europe, the initiative for the introduction of such vaccination certificates was given by Greece, which is highly dependent on tourism. Denmark, Sweden and Iceland, meanwhile, have already decided to introduce vaccination certificates.
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They also came forward from the World Health Organization (WHO), stressing that health workers in high-risk environments and the elderly should be vaccinated first. These, according to their recommendations, should be followed by the poor, who live together with more people, such as migrants in reception centers, prisoners and people from slums. Then it would be the turn of other health professionals, seniors and teachers.
“In a period of very limited vaccine availability, priority vaccination of travelers would be contrary to the principle of equality,” emphasizes the WHO. As another reason against vaccinating tourists at the current stage, the WHO points out that there is no evidence yet that vaccination reduces the risks of transmitting infections with the new coronavirus. The WHO also said it could change these guidelines when more vaccines become available.
Let us remember that this week, according to the NIJZ, a larger amount of vaccine will come to Slovenia to vaccinate all interested elderly people in their 80s, and there may be some vaccine left for those under 80 years of age. A new shipment of vaccines against covid-19 from Pfizer and BioNTech has already arrived in Slovenia, it is 22,230 doses.
2,200 doses of Pfizer vaccine are scheduled for the second dose, the rest for the first dose. A shipment of 8,400 doses of Moderna is expected on Thursday, of which 4,200 will be destined for the second dose. The entire shipment of AstraZeneca vaccine, which is expected to arrive in Slovenia on Friday, but the amount of doses is not yet known, will be intended for the first dose.
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