How We Came to Accept Vaccine Mandates

Protest in Rome, November 2021

Millions of people are currently protesting around the world, as governments enact measures that would be dismissed as conspiracy-theories a year ago. The idea that the government would force anyone in the general public to get vaccinated was denounced by most people in positions of authority, yet nonetheless it is now in the process of being enacted.

For anyone critical of the mainstream narrative, this comes as no surprise. Ever since the first lockdowns, governments have sought to to instil the message that we need to take drastic measures to fight off the virus, and that anyone failing to comply is a direct threat to everyone else.

The message then transitioned into a talking-point parroted by many leaders: if people don’t comply we will be forced to reinstate lockdowns. An interesting threat considering the fact that the only entities actually forcing the lockdowns are the governments themselves. Agree or disagree, it is a way to respond to the virus, and not something we are being forced to do.

What this narrative sought to instil, was the belief that if we would all simply comply, life would return to normal. Thus, a seed of polarity was planted, that quickly sprouted into a division of opinion, starting with mask-wearing and lockdowns, that has now reached its pinnacle in matter of vaccine-mandates.

The situation has developed in to a form of trench-warfare, were energy is spent on criticising and demonising the opposition, while the real dialogue needed for us to understand the perspectives of each other is hardly present.

In some sense what has been manufactured is a “perpetual war”, in the sense that the virus has been used to keep people in a continuous state of fear, with a constantly moving goal-post and a clear scape-goat, all of which ends up excusing profound centralisation of power and removal of civil liberty.

In a situation like this, what is needed most of all is to, despite our animosity, understand those with views which oppose our own and furthermore to be willing to question the beliefs we ourselves hold to.

This may be challenging and time-consuming, but that is no longer a valid excuse. We are attempting to force parts of the population to be vaccinated against their will, foregoing their bodily autonomy on account of our fear.

The drastic nature of this should not be downplayed, and if we are truly willing to sanction it, we should at least put our beliefs to the test before doing so.

Some questions that need to be asked are:

  1. Why did Sweden, with its relatively mild policies, see rates of hospitalisation and mortality equal to or lower than most countries with highly strict measures, such as France, Belgium, Spain?
  2. Why are we currently seeing that most of the countries and US states and counties with the highest rates of vaccinations have the highest rates of spread and vice versa for the areas with lower rates of vaccination seeing less spread?

A recent study from Harvard “investigate[s] the relationship between the percentage of population fully vaccinated and new COVID-19 cases across 68 countries and across 2947 counties in the US.” It found that:

(Subramanian SV, Kumar A. Increases in COVID-19 are unrelated to levels of vaccination across 68 countries and 2947 counties in the United States) Figure 1.

The actions we are taking towards each other are becoming increasingly vicious, and what is driving us to do so is fear disguised as moral and intellectual superiority.

We need to be willing to challenge any beliefs that would have us endorse these measures, and there are plenty of scientists conducting studies like the one above, helping us broaden and deepen our understandings.

There are many more questions to answer and studies to read, and this article contains a drop in an ocean of available information.


Subramanian, S V, and Akhil Kumar. “Increases in COVID-19 are unrelated to levels of vaccination across 68 countries and 2947 counties in the United States.” , 1–4. 30 Sep. 2021, doi:10.1007/s10654–021–00808–7




Studying Master’s Commercial and Environmental Law in Copenhagen. Vegan.

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Edward Marotis

Studying Master’s Commercial and Environmental Law in Copenhagen. Vegan.