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European Countries Forcing Ukrainian Refugees to Get Vaccinated Against COVID-19 or Get Tested


What would you prefer right now?

Stay in Ukraine as the Russian military invades?

Migrate to another European country, where you’ll face constant nasal swabs or the COVID-19 injection?

That’s the question many Ukrainian refugees must decide.

While some European countries have opened their borders for Ukrainian civilians fleeing the conflict with Russia, it may come with a dose of COVID tyranny.

The Daily Sceptic reported:

According to a speech made by Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi on March 9th, Ukrainian refugees arriving in Italy will be forced to “either agree to have a swab every 48 hours or agree to be vaccinated“ against the coronavirus. A transcript of the speech has been published by the Italian daily Il Tempo. Some Italians have complained that Italian citizens have not been given the swab option, saying that the country’s citizens either get vaccinated or are suspended from work without a salary.

In Iceland, where all Covid-related restrictions have been abandoned, both internally and at the border, the refugees are still required to be tested for COVID-19 infection, according to the General Manager of the Primary Care of the Capital Area. As other travellers are not subject to this requirement, this is clear discrimination against Ukrainian refugees. While no plans of forced vaccination have yet been confirmed nor denied, according to the General Manager, “an emphasis is put on vaccinating them”.

Sigríður Dóra Magnúsdóttir, medical director of the Capital Area Health Service in Iceland, spoke about the arrival of refugees from Ukraine to Iceland.

Per Frettin:

“It’s one of the things [ Covid-19 ] that is screened for,” said Sigríður. “We know there are not many vaccinations in this group. So we will offer them vaccinations like everyone who comes. So we focus on getting them vaccinated. We know that these are people who travel often in difficult conditions in extreme congestion and then there is always a risk of infection, “says Sigríður Dóra.

Sigríður Dóra has not responded to a complaint about whether the refugees’ residence permits will be conditional in some way on vaccinations and / or PCR tests as in Italy and also whether the people will be offered antibody testing with Covid before they are offered vaccination, cf. what Sigríður says about people who travel a lot are at risk of becoming infected.

If people are being screened for Covid upon arrival in the country, it is a violation of the rules, because all such measures at the border have been abolished. Refugees are no more infected than other people while traveling. It would therefore be discrimination against refugees.

Skepticism against the COVID-19 injections is high in Ukraine compared to other European countries.

In August 2021, 56% of Ukrainians did not plan to receive the injection.

Our World in Data currently reports 35% of Ukrainians as fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

Talk about a horrible welcome gift after leaving your home and traveling across the continent.

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