1000’s of individuals marched via the Czech Republic’s capital on Sunday to protest towards obligatory COVID-19 vaccination for sure teams and professions.
The protesters gathered at Wenceslas Sq. in central Prague to query the effectiveness of the present vaccines and reject the vaccination of youngsters earlier than marching via the capital, chanting “Freedom, freedom.”
Prague’s protest adopted related however smaller demonstrations in a number of Czech cities on Saturday.
The earlier authorities launched an order in early December, making vaccination obligatory for the 60 and over age group, in addition to medical personnel, cops, firefighters and medical college students.
The order is because of take impact in March, but it surely nonetheless would possibly find yourself being overturned.
Prime Minister Andrej Babis’ administration was changed later in December by a brand new authorities shaped by 5 events that gained October’s parliamentary election, led by Prime Minister Petr Fiala.
The brand new administration opposed a vaccination mandate for older folks and was able to cancel it, however didn’t rule out it’d nonetheless be obligatory for some, relying on the event of the pandemic. The federal government ought to announce its choice about it by the center of February.
The brand new quick spreading omicron variant of the coronavirus was anticipated by well being authorities to grow to be dominant within the nation subsequent week.
Within the nation of 10.7 million, 6.7 million are thought of totally vaccinated, whereas over 2.8 million have obtained a booster shot.