A German geneticist has said those who turn down the new COVID-19 vaccine should carry a note also refusing intensive care treatment if they become ill.
“Whoever wants to refuse the vaccination outright, he should, please also always carry a document with the inscription: ‘I don’t want to be vaccinated!'” Wolfram Henn, a human geneticist and a member of Germany’s Ethics Council, told the mass-circulation Bild newspaper on Saturday.
“I want to leave the protection against the disease to others! I want, if I get sick, to leave my intensive care bed and ventilator to others,” he said.
Henn acknowledged that people have a right to ask questions about vaccines, especially since coronavirus vaccines have been pushed to market faster than usual, but added that researchers have “stepped up the pace at a huge expense, but not at the expense of safety.”
“Within months, there will also be coronavirus vaccines of the classic type, such as those that have been proven a billion times over for decades against influenza or hepatitis,” he said.
In regards to conspiracy theorists who hold anti-vaccination views, Henn said they should “go to the nearest hospital and present their conspiracy theories to the doctors and nurses who have just come from the overcrowded intensive care unit completely exhausted.”