“I have no intention of sacrificing my life, my time, my freedom and the adolescence of my daughters, as well as their right to study properly, for those who refuse to be vaccinated. This time you are staying at home, not us ”, after these words from Emmanuel Macron, a million French people entered the French vaccination portal to get vaccinated against COVID, in one more episode of a pandemic that seems not to double.
However, in France, the vibrant France full of technology and civility, the France of Louis Pasteur, seems to take steps towards mandatory vaccination. The diagnosis of that country on the catastrophic consequences it has for the economy and above all, for the lives of people, the disease that has claimed millions of lives in the world, is clear.
The normal life of the cafes and long talks, of the bustling city and its walks of locals and foreigners, the French character of the importance of talking and living together, is not compatible with confinement and healthy distance, and then, the Public policy appears and Macron, in a long speech, establishes the conditions in which the important thing is that people can lead, as far as possible, a life like the old one.
Those who do not get vaccinated, will not be able to go to cafes or the movies, get on trains or planes, or enter museums. Now they will have to maintain strict discipline to undergo PCR tests that from the following days will no longer be free. For medical personnel, nurses and all those who work with “fragile” people as Macron called it, they will have to be vaccinated, without any excuse, or they could lose their job. “We cannot make those who have the civic sense to get vaccinated bear the burden of the inconveniences” and in this way a whole new course is pointed out for public health policies, not only as a right but as an obligation.
This vision will undoubtedly be the subject of a great debate, but it makes sense when in the end the real losses of what has been happening not only in the funerals of millions and in saturated hospitals are evaluated, but in the state of mind of a generation that seemed predestined to infinite and fast mobility and has had to stay at home.
It is no small thing to observe what is happening in Mexico, where although vaccination has advanced for older adults, the numbers are still insufficient. States like Sinaloa, where no one has cared about the pandemic, have returned to the red light; the State of Mexico turns yellow again and it does so despite multiple efforts in the face of the reality of not closing the economy again.
“The restrictions will weigh on others, those who for incomprehensible reasons, in Pasteur’s country, science and enlightenment, still hesitate to use the only weapon available against the pandemic: the vaccine.” In this way, Macron tells his citizens that the sense of duty aims to get vaccinated, and the offer is clear: mass, universal vaccination is the ticket back to life that we all like. The one with the mask, the healthy distance and staying at home, there is nothing normal about it. That is why countries have to get all their citizens vaccinated and they should do it, it’s that easy.
On the other hand, a fundamental aspect in this entire inoculation process rests on the records of those who have already received the vaccine. The possible and desired control over this virus and those to come, will have in the vaccination records and in the reactions of the people who have received said antigen an important accumulation of information and data to be better prepared for this kind of emergencies, which unfortunately will be more and more frequent.
I do not wish or have an interest in altering or influencing anyone’s belief system, however, I consider that refusing to receive a vaccine, given the terrible time we are going through, is an extremely selfish attitude. We have to think more in community, support each other. Macron’s message to his compatriots was forceful: he appeals to the empathy and responsibility we have with the other.
Getting vaccinated is a kind of safe conduct from this nightmare, it will not completely rid us of this and other diseases, but it will undoubtedly mitigate its devastating effects. For a minimal sense of humanity, let’s get vaccinated.
Javier Garcia Bejos