Demonstrations in Europe against ‘disguised’ vaccination duty, what does the Netherlands do?

In the Netherlands there is no vaccination duty, demissionary health minister Hugo de Jonge said today. According to the Minister, such a duty does not fit the Netherlands and the prospects for a good Dutch vaccination rate are favourable.

De Jonge did not want to compare with France, where there has been massive protests against a corona passport over the last few days; protesters see that as a disguised vaccination duty. However, in Denmark, the same pass did not release much protest and Italy‘s introduction leads to grumbling but also more puncture appointments.

Below is an overview of European measures, but first you can see what De Jonge said exactly:

Denmark (50.6 percent fully vaccinated)

Denmark introduced a corona passport on 6 April this year. According to Correspondent Scandinavia Dirk Evers, there was no significant resistance to it. โ€œDenmark is a small, well-organized country where people are constantly reforming, so new ideas are quickly accepted.โ€

In addition, the introduction of the passport is linked to a large-scale testing policy, says Evers. โ€œYou can get tested anywhere for free. The system works so well and does not criticise thanks to its frequent and free testing.โ€

Belgium (54.1 percent fully vaccinated)

In Belgium, from August 13, a so-called Covid Safe Ticket (CST) is mandatory for anyone who wants to attend a large event with more than 1500 people, as of September 1, as of September 1, this will also apply to indoor events.

According to correspondent Sander Van Hoorn, little discussion has arisen about the CST. โ€œThe Belgian government is doing deliberate and looks closely at what goes wrong in other countries.โ€ In this way, you want to prevent QR codes from being screwed, as happened in the Netherlands with Access Testing.

France (44.4 percent fully vaccinated)

Today, in France, a corona law was approved by the Senate, albeit slightly watered down. Approximately 160,000 protesters protested against this Saturday.

But according to correspondent Frank Renout, most French people support Macron’s plans:

Germany (49.5 percent fully vaccinated)

In Germany, it takes into account that vaccinates receive more freedoms than unvaccinated, said Helge Braun, Chancellor Angela Merkel‘s Chancellor Chancellor’s Chancellor‘s Chancellor, in Bild newspaper this weekend.

Today, the German Justice Minister Christine Lambrecht said that compulsory vaccination is excluded. On the other hand, there could be tests, which should be carried out for a fee, to put pressure on people who don’t want to get vaccinated.

Braun‘s words did not create major protests in Germany this weekend.

Italy (48.4 percent fully vaccinated)

In Italy, a digital ‘Green Pass‘ will be asked for a visit to hospitality, events and sports centres from 6 August. The admission ticket is only required when you go in, not for example a terrace. The evidence is also needed in museums, cinemas and swimming pools.

The pass produced demonstrations in Italy last weekend:

According to Italy correspondent Angelo van Schaik, resistance to vaccinations and therefore the Green Pass is about the same as in the Netherlands or France. โ€œIt’s a small noisy group that is, generally, political right.โ€

What is striking is that the readiness of vaccination has gained a great boost through the introduction of the Green Pass. โ€œThe increase in vaccination appointments is rising, in some regions to 200 percent. In Lombardy, the number of appointments went from 28,000 on Thursday to 49,000 on Friday and in the Lazio region suddenly to 55,000.โ€

England (55.5 percent fully vaccinated)

In England, it was decided that from the end of September only people who have been fully vaccinated will be allowed to enter a nightclub or other crowded location with an NHS Covid Pass. A negative test proof will not be sufficient anymore. โ€œThe rate of vaccination among young people is low,โ€ says UK correspondent Fleur Launspach. โ€œBy making vaccinations mandatory for nightclubs, you also have a means to persuade young people.โ€

Prime Minister Boris Johnson doesn‘t want to do this until September, to give all young people plenty of time to get a shot. Still, it’s not quite sure if this is possible, says Launspach. โ€œThere is resistance within the Conservative Party too, and Labour is against.โ€

Last Saturday, in Trafalgar Square in London, there were protests against vaccine passports, among other things. The Corona Restrictions in England have been deleted since July 19.

And in the Netherlands?

In the Netherlands, a vaccination obligation is not discussed, De Jonge said today. Theo Boer, Professor of Ethics of Healthics, also says it is important not to force people to do anything, even with acoronapassport.

According to Boer, it is impossible to rule out that there may be a single exception to be made. โ€œFor example, people who work in caring for very vulnerable patients. Maybe you should say here: here people have to present a test proof or vaccination certificate as long as necessary.โ€

Martin Buijsen, Professor of Law and Healthcare at Erasmus University, thinks a vaccination certificate is not primarily intended to get people to vaccination. โ€œBut, of course, a foreseeable side effect is. For example, because people are going to get a shot to avoid having to get tested all the time.โ€

Incidentally, Buijsen says that the introduction of a vaccination obligation would not be a legal problem. โ€œIf certain conditions are met, mandatory vaccination does not violate the right to privacy, including physical integrity.โ€

Nevertheless, Buijsen thinks it will never come to this far. โ€œUnlike many other European countries, the Netherlands has no tradition of compulsory vaccination at all. The introduction of a vaccination obligation is not politically met in the Netherlands, is my estimation. Even because it will be unnecessary.โ€

The professor refers to the National Vaccination Programme, which is entirely voluntary. โ€œThat has always resulted in vaccination rates above 90 percent. This is high compared to vaccination rates in other countries. Also compared to countries with a so-called vaccination obligation.โ€ Currently 59% of adults are fully vaccinated in the Netherlands.

In Amsterdam, thousands of people took to the streets last Saturday to demonstrate against corona measures, amongst others. Some wore signs with lyrics like ‘Freedom for all’ and ‘Rage against vaccine’: