We say no to mandatory Covid-19 vaccination campaign - CDEDI

We say no to mandatory Covid-19 vaccination campaign - CDEDI
FILE PHOTO: Vials labelled "VACCINE Coronavirus COVID-19" and a syringe are seen in front of a displayed Moderna logo in this illustration taken December 11, 2021. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic

The Centre for Democracy and Economic Development Initiatives (CDEDI) has challenged government to promote healthy living among Malawians instead of forcing the Covid-19 vaccination on both willing and unwilling citizens.

The development is a reaction to an announcement that Minister of Health Khumbize Kandodo Chiponda made government has resorted compulsory administration of Covid-19 vaccine in January 2022 to ensure that many Malawians are protected against the pandemic.

CDEDI Executive Director Sylvester Namiwa feels this is a violation of rights as countries with the highest vaccination rates continue to register high covid-19 cases.

“We at the CDEDI are stunned with government’s directive, bearing in mind that countries with highest vaccination rates, such as Israel, the United Kingdom (UK) and the whole Europe, are reporting increased cases of the Covid-19, whereas, in Malawi, there are nil deaths, with only 3.4 percent vaccination rate. What is the motive behind Malawi government’s directive?” questioned Namiwa.

According to Namiwa, Malawians should learn to live with Covid-19 as there is no evidence that the booster jabs are needed or necessary.

Namiwa: Malawians have a right to make a decision

The CDEDI Executive Director further said the fight against Covid-19 should not overshadow fights against other diseases such as Malaria.

“It is proving risky because not many tests have been conducted on the vaccine’s side effects. That said, we believe we should learn to live with Covid-19, the way we have done with other diseases that have rocked our nation.

“CDEDI strongly believes that Malawians have a right to freely choose life and go for the vaccine, while others can also choose life by deciding not to take the jab. It should not be a compulsory affair. The fight against Covid-19 should not overshadow the fights against malaria, HIV and Aids, cancer, TB, BP, malnutrition, and, of course, dehumanizing poverty, which are equally taking a toll on our nation,” said Namiwa.

Namiwa has meanwhile advised Tonse Alliance administration to desist from merely copying what other countries are doing without any basis, clarifying that well-wishers should stop the mandatory vaccine through courts.

“CDEDI is appealing to all well-wishers to join hands in moving the courts to stop the forced Covid-19 vaccine when its effectiveness of the same has not yet been scientifically proven,” said Namiwa.

There are protests in countries like Australia, USA and UK against the mandatory administration of Covid-19 vaccine at the time countries are fighting against Omicron Virant.