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November 24, 2021 Politics

Incoming government plans to ease restrictions on unvaccinated

Incoming government plans to ease restrictions on unvaccinated - Czech Points

The future government is against compulsory vaccination for some age groups. If they want mandatory vaccinations from professional organizations, such as doctors, the state should comply. This was stated today by the candidate for Minister of Health Vlastimil Válek (TOP 09) at a press conference of the future government coalition. The coalition called on citizens to reduce social contacts. The epidemic in the regions is to be solved by regional hygiene, it can reduce the number of people at events. Representatives of the future government have promised not to close schools widely because of the covid. The new government wants to strictly comply with the crisis law and amend the pandemic.

According to Fiala, the main criterion for managing the epidemic will be the occupancy of hospitals and, above all, intensive care units. “This wave can no longer be stopped, the only thing that can be done is to limit its effects as much as possible,” the future prime minister said. According to him, the main thing is to protect the health care system from collapse.

The future government wants to re-recognize PCR tests as cover certificates, said candidate for health minister Vlastimil Válek (TOP 09). According to him, it is possible to increase the capacity of test centers to more than 200,000 tests per day. In the case of high-risk contacts, people who have passed six months after the second dose should also be tested by PCR test.

According to Válka, the involvement of medical school students or medics in hospitals should be voluntary and on the basis of an agreement with the school management. In recent days, the current cabinet has been considering declaring a state of emergency due to the introduction of student work duties.

In the short-term plan to fight the epidemic, the new government wants, among other things, to improve patient distribution as soon as they enter the hospital. “And target aid regionally to areas where there is a problem,” Valek said. Depending on the regionally different situation, regional hygiene in particular should decide. “They must be clearly methodically led by the chief hygienist, decide according to the situation in those regions and issue measures in time,” he added.

As part of the medium-term measures, the functioning of the network of vaccination points must be improved, said ODS Deputy Chairman Martin Kupka. The new cabinet supports reducing the time for vaccination with the third dose from six to five months after the second dose. “If we want to involve society as a whole, we must not disguise any unpleasant truths, describe the limits of vaccination, but justify and emphasize that it has a clear and unquestionable effect,” he said.

In the long run, it is necessary to strengthen the governance structure of the state so that it is able to inform quickly and regularly what citizens are facing. “So that the rules are as constant as possible and people know them,” Kupka said. The cabinet also wants to strengthen infectious clinics, capacities for PCR testing and regional hygiene. According to Kupka, the lockdown must be the last resort and the state must do everything to prevent it from happening.

The new government wants to strictly comply with the crisis law and amend the pandemic

The Government of Together (ODS, KDU-ČSL, TOP 09) and Pirates with Mayors and Independents (STAN) wants to follow the crisis regulations consistently in the fight against the covid-19 epidemic. STAN chairman and candidate for interior minister Vít Rakušan told reporters today that under the current YES and CSSD government, crisis management has slipped. The new coalition is also planning an amendment to the pandemic law, which will extend its effectiveness and adjust parts that do not work perfectly.

The Austrian said that the government, led by Prime Minister Andrej Babiš (ANO), had spiraled out of control since the beginning. “At the same time, crisis management is given by law and has a clear structure,” he said. He criticized, for example, last year’s procrastination with the activation of the Central Crisis Staff (ÚKŠ) or shortcomings in communication, when plans were made available to the public, from which the cabinet then withdrew.

According to him, the crisis staff, which should be managed by the Austrian after the new government took office, should function exactly in the same role as it is according to the regulations. “We have a precise diagram of the responsibility of the individual people who are preparing for that responsibility,” he said. Information will be received by the public only when there is agreement in the government after a discussion with experts.

The new government is also preparing an amendment to the pandemic law. It should extend its effectiveness beyond the end of February next year, but also fix some places where it does not work perfectly, the Austrian said. The standard allows the Department of Health and sanitation stations to impose more extensive restrictions against the spread of Covid-19 than they could before. Their decisions are subject to government approval.

On Tuesday, the governors called for the amendment of the regulation. The chairman of the Association of Regions and the governor of South Bohemia, Martin Kuba (ODS), stated in a press release that the amendment should regulate the powers of the regions. “For example, in the event of a deteriorating situation, to allow the governor, after approval by the government, to impose a state-funded duty or set up crisis kindergartens and schools for children’s children, because the regions do not have the necessary funds in their budgets,” Kuba said.