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Alba Iulia
Sunday, January 16, 2022

Government should not force people to get Vaccinated

Health Government should not force people to get Vaccinated

Advocates for National Democracy and Development ANDD has cautioned the government against forcing and making it mandatory for people to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

ANDD executive director Samuel Banda has since advised the UPND government to respect the bill of rights as guided by the constitution of Zambia, and not force people to get vaccinated.

“Zambia is not a dictatorship, we are a Christian democratic country guided by a constitution that respects an individual’s right to choose,” he said in a statement.

Mr Banda has however encouraged citizens to get vaccinated as one of the ways to combat the spread of Covid-19.

He said getting vaccinated should however not be a forcing matter as the UPND government has made it to be.

He said the government should instead use constitutionally accepted methods to engage people respectfully for them to get vaccinated as opposed to threatening them with punitive measures such as being denied entry into government offices or threatening their jobs if they don’t get vaccinated.

“The UPND government promised the people of Zambia that they will respect the constitution and uphold the rule of law, hence our reminder to them to honor the constitution by respecting the bill of rights.

The government has heightened measures aimed at averting the COVID-19 fourth wave by, among other things, restricting unvaccinated persons from accessing government buildings.

Health Minister, Silvia Masebo announced that measures will come into effect on Tuesday, November 30th, 2021.

Ms. Masebo also announced that wearing masks in public places including bus stations and markets will be mandatory and further announced that access to government buildings by anyone will require the production of a vaccine certificate

27 COMMENTS

  1. DONT VACCINATE GO TO YOUR AFRICAN DOCTORS WHICH HAS BEEN HAPPENING FORV THE LAST 200 YEARS
    BUT DONT CRY WHEN A MEMBER OF YOUR FAMILY GETS ILL

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  2. If you are not going to any government institution why should you vaccinate? Next will be the shopping malls. Again you don’t have to there. Next will be public transport. Use your BMW. Its your choice. If you don’t want to be vaccinated don’t complain it’s your choice but the the statutory instrument will apply.

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  3. Too many rules promotes corruption!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The COVID certificate will be available for sale since you are forcing people to have the certificate!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  4. Just bought myself one from Katondo street. I have even laminated it. I am told in matero, the certificate is even cheaper??

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  5. This is a sign of the peoples pure distrust of the upnd government. We never got such negativity as pf when we commissioned the initial vaccination programme.

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  6. Kudos to you Advocates for National Democracy and Development for speaking out on this issue on behalf of the silent masses.

    LAZ where are you, and where are all those so called human rights activists and other CSOs when we need you the most?

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  7. Some of the same fools who don’t want to vaccinate are daily drinking ARV’s , high blood pressure & diabetes medicines, as if they know what’s in those medications. Hypocrites!!

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  8. I agree with to many rules breed corruption. But how stupid could one be the vaccine is free and protects you but opt to buy a fake certificate that cannot protect you….!!!

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  9. How stupid could one be. The vaccine is free and can protect you but you opt to buy a cerificate thst cannot protect you

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  10. National security overrides individual rights. Problem here is that the Upnd was against forcing people to adhere to Covid19 guidelines, so people are already hardened against rules and regulations concerning the pandemic.

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  11. I think Zambia is on the right trajectory. I was just thinking that Africa is always last in a lot of things and it looks like we are going to be last in the battle against covid because of ways of thinking.

    The government should look to implement more rules to beat the virus and let us be the good example to Africa like we are in Democracy.

    Educate people on the virus so they know that no one is trying to kill them but that they are being protected.

    I think we can do this. Someone once said, “Think you can, think you can’t, either way you are right.”

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  12. #13 the myth surrounding these vaccinations is the reason people are skeptical about these covid jabs… so if someone is doubtful and they can’t do it they can’t be forced…

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  13. Tomorrow we shall hear Thabo Kawana give instructions, followed by Anthony Bwalya then Mweetwa followed by Mwaliteta,, what a confused one term administration.

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  14. We need LAZ and inept ngos and Human Rights to intervene into this stupidity by upnd. We are being enslaved by the usa . Zambians wake up. Let us not be enslaved like the way it was before 1964 when africans were captured as slaves. We say NO NO NO !!!!!!!!!!

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  15. Public health transcends human rights. Just know that.
    You have no right to endanger another’s life.
    When a disease is notifiable, even your right to confidentiality is suspended and the State has the power to remove you by force. It is strange that HIV is not notifiable but you all agreed to get tested even without consent.

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  16. The prononcement by the Health Minister is simple and strsight forward. Don’t go to a government building without the certificate.If you choose to buy a fake one ,the genuine Virus which does not identify your fake certificate will infect and even kill you. The choice is yours.

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  17. Can someone answer the following questions surrounding this vaccination of corona. How safe are these injections especially having head of stories about bill gate’s destructive plans to Africans? These vaccines are from Europe or America and bill gate injected in a lot of money, are we sure there are the same vaccines being administered to non Africans? Mr. president sir are these some of the outcomes of your visit to America? Why is it that borrowing from IMF comes with being vaccinated? Where is the connection between borrowed money to be returned and vaccination? Why are the packaging of these vaccines labeled for Africa not for use in Europe? What about the bill of right that talks about concert regarding anything to do with ones life? Remember conscious is the biggest medicine at…

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  18. Government is not forcing anyone to do anything. No one has a right to be a GRZ employee. It is your choice not to be vaccinated, and GRZ’s choice to not employee you. Freedom all around.

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  19. Just like there are conditions attached before you can be employed such as no criminal record, sometimes single not married, no drinking on certain jobs, must wear compulsory uniform for certain jobs etc. So the vaccine also will become part of those conditions.

  20. Protecting public health overrides individual choices of not being vaccinated. The government through the Ministry of Health has the responsibility for public health. Government respects individual choices but is right in making it clear that any individuals who don’t want to show evidence of a Covid vaccination certificate when visiting a government office, should avoid visiting government offices. The Minister should have added that should anyone be caught with a fake covid certificate, the charges and consequences will even be more taxing! So individuals who choose not to get vaccinated are not forced to vaccinate, but government has the responsibility to protect government offices and public places from individuals who choose not to vaccinate against Covid.

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  21. Government should not force people
    .we are not GRZ asserts we are for JESUS. Why can you call men of GOD and ask their views. This satanic useless thing cannot affect those who believe in the NAME OFJESUS . meaning those who believe forget them. Those who want to work with you go with them. Respect people their not your parcel. Amen

  22. @storm rider is a prize winning village I’d!ot. Jesus will not prevent you from catching the virus. In fact Jesus will whip you for refusing to get vaccinated. Let’s get this right, those not getting the vaccine and catch the virus have the right NOT to seek medical attention, but stay at home and ride the ‘cytokine storm’ in the body. Why should they go to the clinic when they refused preventative treatment?

  23. Signs the people dont trust the UPND Government ?? What a load of trash !!
    In the beginning Lungu messed up by not declaring his status
    And stressing for people to get vaccinated
    So PF Tr000LLS STATE THE FACTS INSTEAD OF POSTING GARBAGE ON HERE

  24. Let us not forget that corona virus was weaponized in a science lab in the program known as GAIN OF FUNCTION study. COVID 19 is known as Novel virus because it does not exist in nature in its current form. Meaning the corona viruses which exist in nature were engineered or manipulated in some laboratory. The people who spent US$3.8 million to fund study are currently appearing before the US Senate. This is a very specific agenda but this is a discussion for another day.

    A sick person requires treatment. The powers that be have focused more on protection of those who are not infected but neglected those who are sick. Efficacious treatments have been banned by the puppet masters who seem to be in charge of the who fiasco. They own the media and pumped in millions of dollars to control…

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