What is the latest local news related to Covid-19? It is the vaccine certificate and its implementation.

Blog post by Marica Micallef

Various local news portals have reported that this certificate will be available online and that those who took the vaccine, can apply for it 14 days after their second dose.[1] This was announced on Monday 31st May by Prime Minister Robert Abela.[2][3][4]

The certificate will be used to facilitate travel, visits to the elderly, and the restart of certain social and cultural events. It will also be used, albeit against the fundamental human rights, to enforce the new mask mandate rule [5]. So, if you are not vaccinated, you risk the chance to be discriminated. This is extremely unethical because it means that in order to travel, you need to produce a negative swab test. If you are found positive, then you must hope for a ticket refund and say goodbye to your much awaited holiday. If you are not vaccinated, you won’t be allowed to visit your elderly family members whom you haven’t hugged for a year or, if allowed, you will be ordered to stay at a distance.

I already know of such a case at St Vincent De Paul. And, you can say goodbye to social and cultural events. But do not worry with these last two. New ways of socialising will reap more satisfaction like a barbeque or watching sunrise or sunset at the beach. It will surely cost you less than attending a cultural event and making organisers richer.

In the meantime, all of this not only goes against the basic fundamental human rights of humanity, which I also referred to in other blogs of mine, but it also goes against points 7.3.1 and 7.3.2 of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe [6] which states that “With respect to ensuring a high vaccine uptake”, point 7.3.1 states “ensure that citizens are informed that the vaccination IS NOT MANDATORY and that NO ONE IS UNDER POLITICAL, SOCIAL OR OTHER PRESSURE TO BE VACCINATED IF THEY DO NOT WISH TO DO SO.” Point 7.3.2 states “ensure that NO ONE IS DISCRIMATED AGAINST FOR NOT HAVING BEEN VACCINATED, due to possible health risks or not wanting to be vaccinated”.

Can the local authorities and government tell us what do they have to say, knowing that they are themselves breaching these two points, besides the fundamental human rights of the individual? I therefore turn my attention to all those who are refusing the vaccine, telling them to stay firm in their belief and position. Do not succumb to any pressure! There is no breach of any laws from your end.

[1] https://certifikatvaccin.gov.mt/?fbclid=IwAR2mIgpLYhcyS2XTInrbO1KxFMjXW-DuRaUvLyKiMcDGrwVB6_d6QKKQfpk

[2] https://www.independent.com.mt/articles/2021-05-31/local-news/Prime-Minister-Robert-Abela-Health-Minister-Chris-Fearne-to-address-press-conference-6736233947

[3] https://www.maltatoday.com.mt/news/national/109986/robert_abela_and_chris_fearne_to_announce_details_on_vaccine_certificate#.YLVJiqgzZPY

[4] https://timesofmalta.com/articles/view/watch-prime-minister-health-minister-to-hold-press-conference.875911

[5] https://timesofmalta.com/articles/view/watch-live-charmaine-gauci-delivers-weekly-covid-19-update.875164

[6] https://pace.coe.int/en/

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