Taxing the unvaccinated: the idea divides

Compulsory vaccination would have been tremendously beneficial when the vaccines were launched… but it would not have been ethical at the time, given the lack of data at the time. On the other hand, it seems to me much less justifiable currently with omicron. Indeed, if omicron does not reveal any unpleasant surprises, it could constitute a kind of vaccination by “live attenuated vaccine”, as it has been used to fight (very effectively!) poliomyelitis. There have certainly been vaccinal poliomyelitis here and there, very painful or even horrible, but very much less dangerous (on average!) than “real” polio… just as there will be deaths from covid. But what remains as non-vaccinated against covid? Relatively few people, including: (1) people with natural immunity; (2) individuals who refuse vaccination (for whatever reason!); and (3) people (ra-ris-si-mes!!) for whom vaccination is medically totally contraindicated. It therefore seems pointless to me to risk the occurrence of serious public violence by imposing vaccination on a percentage that is altogether minimal of our population. We can certainly interpret this attitude as a form of cowardice, but I do not believe that this is the case here, given the current balance of risks for both vaccinated and non-vaccinated. Indeed, (just like the vaccinated of course!), all non-vaccinated now are subject to an enormous probability of encountering omicron… and will therefore find themselves “naturally vaccinated” for a large majority of them. Absences from work should not be more numerous or more dangerous than they were during the first total confinement, and almost all should be relatively brief. It therefore seems reasonable to me to agree to “bring the big back”… while continuing to curb the epidemic as much as possible by scrupulously maintaining barrier gestures (and other STCs) and continuing the current proactive policy of vaccination.

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