Possible vaccination against novel coronavirus should not be mandatory, NGOs

A number of NGOs express their support for the Moldovan Metropolitan Church’s letter by which the Synod of the Moldovan Orthodox Church declares its string opposition to the possibly mandatory vaccination of the population against the novel coronavirus. In a news conference at IPN, Laura Prepeliţă, of the Independent Information Center, said there are examples in Moldova when the freedom of choice as regards vaccination is violated.

“We refer to cases of vaccination of children in the country, when the parents often do not have access to sufficient information about the content of shots, the production country and the possible side effects of vaccination. At the same time, the unvaccinated children are not admitted to kindergartens and attempts were made not to admit them to schools too. This shows that attempts to limit the human rights and fundamental freedoms, including to the protection of children’s health, are made in the Republic of Moldova, which is a democratic state. Discrimination is thus witnessed in terms of access to education. Moreover, no competent body of the country assumed responsibility for the side effects of vaccination, including in cases of death following vaccination,” Laura Prepeliţă said, reading the letter addressed to the senior state officials.

Alexandru Kovalski, of the public organization “Clean Planet”, stated that the media and the politicians became agitated when the Metropolitan Church mentioned the “chipping” by vaccine, but didn’t comment on the proposed mandatory vaccination of all children. “This way, the media and the politicians want to ridicule those who are anti-vaccines and to clash them against each other. Furthermore, the media didn’t comment on the fact that the Metropolitan Church’s letter mentioned the Israeli Prime Minister’s proposal to “chip” the school students after quarantine and this is not fake news and nonsense, as Prime Minister Ion Chicu stated,” said Alexandru Kovalski.

“I’m here also for the most vulnerable children who are affected by vaccines and other causes and who cannot go to a swimming pool, a rehabilitation center, therapeutic activities where they can communicate and somehow forget about their sorrows as it is not known if they can ever recover,” said Ala Stârcu, who presented herself as a person with full rights and freedoms.

The letter was signed by representatives of the Independent Information Center, “Clean Planet” Association and “Areopagus Florești” Association and is addressed to President Igor Dodon, Parliament Speaker Zinaida Grechanyi, Prime Minister Ion Chicu, Minister of Justice Fadei Nagachevski and Minister of Health Viorica Dumbrăveanu.

The signatories demand to annul the restriction imposed by the National Extraordinary Commission for Public Health on holding religious ceremonies with the involvement of parishioners until June 30. They noted civil society expects the authorities to apologize to the Church Synod for the statements referring to the Moldovan Metropolitan Church that they consider denigrating. They also demand to establish a constructive and transparent dialogue between the authorities, high church officials and representatives of civil society.

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