A year ago, mandatory vaccines were almost unimaginable, the stuff of science fiction. …
Recent data indicates that up to 80 per cent of Australian adults are not opposed to being vaccinated. This raises the question as to why vaccine mandates are even necessary.
Despite this, a growing number of Australia’s industries, postcodes and even states are making it impossible for people to go about daily life without proof of vaccination. It appears increasingly likely that a digital vaccine certificate will be required in many parts of Australia for entry into pubs, restaurants, cafes, businesses, public buildings and even places of worship.
From a policy standpoint, vaccine passports may make sense. But they are also profoundly unethical. And this is not an abstract argument. …
1. Vaccine passports are an unprecedented threat to liberty
Those defending compulsory Covid-19 vaccinations often cite ‘no jab, no play’ policies already enforced in Australia. But nothing in our nation’s history comes close to what is presently being rolled out.
Australians have always been free to work, shop, travel, socialise and gather for worship without medical discrimination. Vaccine passports will force Australians to choose between these birthrights and their medical autonomy. To give the State this level of power over an individual’s body represents a loss of personal liberty unheard of in modern times.
Western democracies like Australia have always prized and protected human freedoms. In defining ‘Australian values’, the Department of Home Affairs website puts “respect for the freedom and dignity of the individual” at the top of its list.
Australia’s emphasis on human rights and liberties emerged out of Christian theology which says that a person’s conscience is sacred and must not be infringed or usurped by State power. Indeed, the worst abuses of the last century were only made possible when governments were allowed to trespass this boundary.
For the common good and future generations, we must not allow the individual’s conscience and bodily integrity to be violated.
2. Vaccine passports replace informed consent with coercion
Informed consent is a bedrock principle of modern medicine. …
To make vaccines mandatory — to hold a person’s civil liberties at ransom in exchange for their being vaccinated — is to erase informed consent and replace it with naked coercion.
3. Vaccine passports assume no reasonable grounds for declining vaccination
A sweeping assumption is made by governments and businesses that mandate vaccinations — namely, that there are no reasonable grounds for someone to decide against being vaccinated. In fact, there are many good reasons.
The first and most obvious is someone’s medical history. … A person’s religious beliefs or deeply-felt personal convictions might prevent them from giving consent. Another person might weigh the risks and benefits of the vaccine based on their young age and good health and decide that the procedure is unnecessary. …
Of course, there are also those who have previously been infected who now carry virus antibodies. Why should they be forced to take the vaccine when they already have substantial immunity?
4. Vaccine passports create unreasonable discrimination
The covid pandemic has resulted in the most significant wealth exchange in history, further exacerbating the gap between rich and poor. In addition, the social fabric in nations like Australia has been worn thin by the pain and division caused by covid restrictions.
Vaccine passports will only further tear at that social fabric. To exclude ten or twenty per cent of the population from routine daily activities will create a two-tiered society, a form of medical apartheid. …
5. Vaccine passports open the door to untold medical control
My digital vaccine certificate might glow green today. But what about when it turns orange tomorrow, and I have to book in my booster shot to maintain my access to society? What about when I have to get another one in six months? And a flu shot. And routine blood tests. Every year on repeat.
My body and my medical treatment regime is now tied to the State, who will be increasingly tempted to provide my biomedical data to third parties — all for public health and safety, of course.
This is not some far-fetched dystopian dream. It is the most likely long-term scenario if we roll out mandatory vaccines today. Vaccine passports place us on the precipice: once we jump, we won’t go back. They are the thin edge of the wedge to significant medical control, and it is naive to think otherwise.
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