Parents revolt against ‘vaccine dictatorship’ for students — Analysis

Unvaccinated students in libraries and public rooms will not be allowed to study at the library if a union of South Korean parent organizations rejects this ban. This new ban was implemented in reaction to an increase in Covid-19-related infections.

The National Federation of Parents’ Organizations, an umbrella group for South Korean parent groups, held a protest outside the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA) office in Cheongju, a city 120km south of Seoul, on Thursday. They called it “defamatory” “vaccine dictatorship,”Signs that read “” were held by the group. “vaccination through coercion and vaccine passes are human rights violations.”

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Students aged 12-18 years old will no longer be allowed to go into public spaces such as libraries, tuition centers and public study rooms. They must also show proof of vaccinations or negative Covid-19 tests. Parents were not happy about the decision, as it was made amid an increase in infection rates.

On Tuesday, conservative activist group the People’s Gathering for Fair Society announced that it surveyed more than 18,000 parents of elementary, middle, and high-school students, 93% of whom said they opposed vaccine passes for minors.

One group of petitioners that includes a high school student aged 18, said Friday they would appeal to the Constitutional Court. South Korean media quoted their lawyer as saying that they were arguing for: “forcing”Unconstitutional for anyone to become vaccinated.

“We are not considering postponing the plan,”Jung Jong-chul was the vice minister for education. This quote is from The Korea Herald.

“The government initially allowed teenagers to get vaccinated as they chose. But the fifth wave of Covid-19 and the Omicron variant have changed the situation,” Jung said. “We will have to persuade students and their parents on being vaccinated.”

For the first time, South Korea’s daily number of Covid-19-related cases has surpassed 7,000. KDCA reported 7174 new cases on Thursday. This is the second highest daily total since last year’s pandemic.



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