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Turkey studies restrictions for those who reject the coronavirus vaccine

People without vaccine could be banned from cinemas, restaurants and shopping centers. Vaccination is the best weapon against the coronavirus.

People who reject the coronavirus vaccine in Turkey, although it remains voluntary, could face restrictions such as a ban on entering shopping malls or eating in restaurants, according to information published in the Turkish press.

Scientists agree that vaccination, today, remains the best weapon that exists to face the COVID-19 pandemic, in the absence of an effective treatment against the disease, and the only way to end as soon as possible the restrictions that have disrupted the daily life of the population and seriously affected the economy.

However, vaccines and the coronavirus vaccination campaign remain a controversial issue for many people, both because of the doubts that continue to arouse among a part of the population due to the speed with which they have been developed, as well as for many theories or information disseminated through social media, in which it is ensured that vaccines cause magnetism, that they are part of a plan to introduce microchips, or of a conspiracy led by Bill Gates and related to 5G.

Prohibition to enter shopping malls, restaurants and cinemas

Turkey, like the rest of the countries, has not been immune to these doubts and theories among a part of the population about vaccination, so the Ministry of Health launched an awareness campaign that includes teams that visit citizens who have rejected the vaccine, to try to clear their doubts and convince them of the importance of getting vaccinated against the coronavirus.

Although the percentage of Turks who refuse to be vaccinated is still a minority, the Turkish government seems to be considering plans with more drastic measures for those who refuse to be vaccinated, given the risk that they can become infected and, in addition, infect others. According to reports in Turkish media, although the list of restrictions is not yet finalised, it could include measures such as prohibiting people who have not been vaccinated from entering shopping malls, restaurants, cinemas, theatres and other public places.

In this way, the Ankara government – which continues to maintain the voluntary nature of vaccines – would try to pressure those who refuse to be vaccinated with measures that prevent them from leading a normal life and, therefore, finally push them to accept the vaccine; however, these measures also seek the safety of those who have not been vaccinated.

Let’s remember that vaccinated people can continue to contract the virus and infect others, so those who have not been vaccinated could become infected when they come into contact with a vaccinated person, who may have the virus and transmit it, but not show symptoms of the disease due to antibodies developed by the vaccine.

With the current rate of vaccination, the pandemic could subside in autumn

The most recent data show that in Turkey, it is the people between 18 and 35 years old – who are also the least compliant with the measures against the coronavirus – who show the greatest rejection or distrust of vaccination. Since January, more than 31 million Turks have been vaccinated with at least one dose, mainly from Sinovac and more recently from Pfizer. Ankara recently signed an agreement to purchase the Russian Sputnik V vaccine.

While restrictions are being studied for those who reject the coronavirus vaccine, the Turkish Minister of Health recently announced that, by the end of June, the age of vaccination against the coronavirus could be lowered to 20 years. Experts believe that with the current rate of vaccination, the pandemic could subside in autumn: if by then the goal of 70% of the population being vaccinated is reached, this could be the last summer with mask, which would no longer be mandatory outdoors from September.