German MEP Nicolaus Fest revealed that he is not in favour of making vaccination mandatory in the European Union. European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen dropped a bombshell on Wednesday, announcing that it was time to ‘think about mandatory vaccination’ once and for all to reduce the spread of the “highly contagious” Omicron variant. And in what may have been her final act before stepping down as Chancellor, Angela Merkel backed mandatory jabs, claiming that Germany could follow in Austria’s footsteps from February.
Mr Fest also lavished praise on the UK for their beneficial decision to walk out on the EU with the Brexit vote, thus avoiding a potential EU-wide diktat for mandatory jabbing.
Mr Fest told TalkRadio’s Ian Collins: “That’s unheard of.
“I think as MP Smith already said the freedom of choice is paramount.”
Mr Fest could not get his head around such drastic measures as he described mandatory vaccination as “a dangerous development” and insisted that “freedom of choice” should always prevail.
He continued: “But Ursula von der Leyen is following what the new coalition government and Germany are now starting to debate with the clear aim of getting mandatory vaccinations.
“And of course, she is following this path and trying to have this [imposed] all over the EU.
“I can only say ‘congratulations’ to your country that you left the EU.
Germany will impose an “advent lockdown” on the 31,6 percent unvaccinated Germans until Christmas.
“This is an enormous health cost coming along.”
Chancellor Merkel then warned that a national lockdown lies in store for those who refuse the jab as sings from the same hymn sheet as the incoming government and successor Olaf Scholz when it comes to making jab mandatory.
She said: “The fourth wave must be broken,” she said. “In view of this, it is necessary to make vaccination compulsory. We all hope it would be better accepted on a voluntary basis.”
But these comments are a far cry from the summer when she promised Germans: “There will be no compulsory vaccination.”
Data from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control shows that 68.4 percent of the German population is fully vaccinated.