Tale from Lithuania, the first country to introduce vaccine passports

Tale from Lithuania, the first country to introduce vaccine passports. From a series of tweets by Gluboco Lietuva.

With no Covid Pass, my wife and I are banished from society. We have no income. Banned from most shopping. Can barely exist. …

My wife and I have been suspended without pay for 4 weeks. We can’t return to our jobs. Not sure our employers would let us back.

Even if they did, our colleagues despise us, wish on social media for our death. Nothing we can do will ever erase that. We can’t work there.

We can’t find new jobs in our professions. My wife and I have very different jobs in very different fields. But all jobs in both our fields now require the Covid Pass. No Pass, no job.

We’re not allowed to buy food in the local supermarket. We may only shop in small stores with street-facing entrances which mainly sell food, pharma,glasses/contacts, or farming/pet supplies. In our area, that effectively limits us to one small, expensive convenience store. …

We now buy food in old Soviet-style markets: outdoors, in parking lots, products sold on street, tiny tables, or from back of cars. Produce, eggs, cheese, meat, fish. Cash only. No Pass required. Not as convenient as a supermarket. But it works for now. Life finds a way.

I need to make some home repairs. But without a Pass, I can’t enter the hardware store to buy supplies. I can’t call for a repair worker because repairs are banned for non-Pass holders. And I have no income now to pay for outside help anyway. So our home stays unrepaired. …

We can’t enter the library to browse books with our kids. That used to be one of our family’s greatest pleasures. But we’re not allowed any more because we don’t have a Covid Pass. …

Our two kids outgrew/destroyed last winter’s clothes. We tried to buy new ones. But with no Pass, many stores rejected us. Finally, my pregnant wife begging, tears in her eyes; a manager at a second-hand store relented: “Just this once, ok? Can’t let you people in here again.” …

When Covid vaccinations were released, the original policy was education, trust, and informed consent to vaccinate targeted groups. But policy changed in 2021: choice and trust was replaced by coercion and punishment. …

Like many cases in history, our slide towards authoritarian control in 2021 — in Europe and throughout the world — has fueled, and been fueled by, hatred and othering which is encouraged by government and stoked by the media.

And it’s ripping our society apart. …

Seniors began receiving third dose boosters last week. The whole population will follow afterwards. The Vice-Minister of Health stated: “We are likely to start the fourth and fifth booster shots in several months.” …

My country was occupied by the USSR, 1944-1990. … We battled Soviet propaganda and “Show me your documents!” authoritarianism, only to acquiesce to media-led propaganda and technocratic health authoritarianism of “Show me your Covid Pass!”

Under Soviet occupation, political dissent was suppressed, news was censored. Now, we’ve returned to a regime of censorship — this time, enforced by mob rule rather than government.

Principled Covid Pass opposition is caricatured as conspiracy-theorist, anti-vaxxer. Honest debate is dismissed.

Mainstream leaders — politicians, officials, media, educated elite — openly wish death upon opponents of the Pass “so we can finally end this pandemic”. …

How illogical. Almost medieval.

By my count, 14 of the 27 EU countries now have domestic Covid Pass restrictions. But Lithuania is much further along than most.

Other countries are planning restrictions such as broad bans on supermarkets and all non-essential shopping. Here, it’s already reality. …

But there’s virtually no reporting in English about this massive change in society. Or about the hatred and de-humanization which has resulted. …

Disagreement is outlawed:

My wife and I refuse to be caricatured as crazed anti-vaxxers. We are not illiterate, innumerate, or anti-science. We do not believe in conspiracy theories. …

What we strongly oppose is the coercion of the Covid Pass regime. …

My wife and I have lost our rights as citizens. We are not allowed to shop, eat out, get our hair cut, or go to the bank, gym, or library. We were both suspended from our jobs. …

Our leaders encourage hatred of us.

Our countrymen openly wish for our death.

And it’s all amplified by the media and cheered on by likes and retweets.

This is deeply wrong.

Not the future I would have expected two years ago. I wonder what else the ruling class has in store for us?