The Covid vaccine in Russia is free and has been widely available for six months now.
Despite that only 13% of the population has availed themselves of this ‘generous’ offer to get themselves injected with a substance invented less than one year ago, free-of-charge.
This is indication enough that the vast majority of the remaining 87% do not want the substance in their body until more is known about it.
The government considers that a problem because with a viral infection running around that for most age groups is less deadly than the flu, that causes no or mild symptoms for 95% of those it infects, and that leaves 99.8% of the infected alive, you just can’t have people deciding for themselves if they want a certain substance in their body or not.
Correction. The government likes the idea of free choice just fine, but when people make the ‘wrong’ choice the government has no choice but to step in and correct the decision of the people for them. Putin’s spokesman, Peskov, explains:
“The principle of vaccination not being obligatory generally remains, but we are not very active in getting vaccinated,” Peskov said.
So “the principle of vaccination not being obligatory generally remains,” with “generally” meaning “not always”. So then translated from slime-speak, “the principle remains until we decide it doesn’t.”
And what might ‘compel’ the authorities to decide this principle they really, really like does not in fact exist? Well, it is if the people exercise it in the wrong way and pick not to get the substance made available to them. Especially if they do so en masse, for example, if 87% chose not to avail themselves of the substance. Here, read Peskov’s words:
“we’ve got a great vaccine, we have the vaccination infrastructure considering our widespread geography. But we fail to do it to the necessary extent. So I consider such emergency measures absolutely necessary and justified”.
Yupp, that’s right. When the substance is that unpopular and people reject it to such a degree then the principle of voluntary vaccination no longer applies. When the people fail to do it “to the necessary extent” they lose the right to voluntary vaccination and “emergency measures” become “absolutely necessary and justified.”
You might have thought that when a vaccine is that unpopular the principle of voluntary vaccination is more important than ever so you’ll be glad for Peskov setting you straight.
You might also want to go on a bank-robbing spree and when you are caught use the “Peskov defence.” Explain that the banks were presented with the chance to give you money voluntarily but when not enough of them did, it became necessary for you to rob them. I hear it works every time.
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Author: Marko Marjanović
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