Prof. Horban was asked in Program I of the Polish Radio whether the possibility of compulsory vaccinations against COVID-19 was taken into account. – I think that the word “take into account” is adequate to what is happening. If something is introduced that is mandatory, then it must be enforceable. It is hard for me to imagine that a citizen is caught in the street and forcibly vaccinated, “he said.
Horban is also against punishment for refusing to vaccinate. “Here the punishment is quite simple for the unvaccinated. They start to get sick” – he emphasized.
The professor pointed out that the vaccine will be approved for use after the third phase of clinical trials, which determine safety and effectiveness in a larger number of people. “It must take time and must cost. We will not vaccinate before obtaining these results” – noted the expert.
Asked if the children should be vaccinated, he replied that they too should be vaccinated. He pointed out that children in schools and kindergartens have contact with pathogens. “At first we will not vaccinate children. (…) Because if the vaccine is available to a limited extent, we will vaccinate people who are most at risk of developing severe disease,” he said.
He added that the priority is the special protection of people at risk of severe disease.
According to the Ministry of Health on Thursday, laboratory tests confirmed coronavirus infection in another 23,975 people. 637 patients died – the most since the beginning of the epidemic. So far, 796,798 people have been confirmed to be infected, 12,088 patients have died.
Is the coronavirus vaccine to be administered compulsorily or only voluntarily? This is a problem that the health service, and above all the government, will have to deal with, writes Rzeczpospolita on Friday.
The newspaper informs that the results of Pfizer and BioNTech’s vaccine safety studies are to be known later this week and adds that on Monday the American company Moderna reported that the vaccine developed by it obtained nearly 95 percent in research. effectiveness. “No wonder that there are more and more questions about the possible compulsion of vaccinations and about who would pay for possible complications”, writes Rzeczpospolita.
“When over half of Poles declare that they will not be vaccinated, we must think about introducing mandatory vaccination”
– says the specialist in infectious diseases, prof. Krzysztof Simon, referring to Ipsos research for the World Economic Forum.
However, as Rzeczpospolita points out, the introduction of such an obligation is not obvious.
“The constitution and EU law establish the standard that the interested party must agree to treatment. Practical considerations are also important. The state is not able to perform such an operation, many people will desperately try to evade this obligation. The health service will not be able to withstand it”
– notes prof. Ryszard Piotrowski from the University of Warsaw.
A different opinion – as the journal indicates – is the former Deputy Minister of Health, epidemiologist prof. Marcin Czech. “We have compulsory vaccinations for children, and in the face of the epidemic threat, I would oblige adults to vaccinate. Due to the incomplete knowledge of the society about COVID-19, we could consider a more rigorous approach” – he emphasizes.