New Zealand moving to two-tier society, but the unvaccinated already a global underclass

Jacinda Ardern, New Zealand prime minister, during youth vaccination festival.

Anne Gulland

The Telegraph

New Zealand’s Covid policy has once again hit the headlines. Last week, Jacinda Ardern, the prime minister, admitted that its new plans on loosening restrictions risked turning the country into a “two-tier” society.

Under the “traffic light” policy, those who are vaccinated will be able to move around and use services relatively freely, while the unjabbed will not.

But this policy is not confined to the Pacific island nation: vaccine passes are gaining traction around the world as countries introduce greater freedoms for those who are immunised, risking the creation of an unvaccinated underclass.

Perhaps one of the most eye-opening vaccine mandates under consideration is in Austria, where the number of cases is climbing again – and those who are unjabbed risk being confined to their homes.

On Friday, Alexander Schallenberg, the country’s chancellor,warned that if the number of Covid patients in Austria’s intensive care units exceeds 600 – or a third of the country’s total ICU capacity – those who have not been vaccinated will be forced into lockdown and will only be able to leave their homes under specific circumstances.

This is one of the more extreme options under consideration, but other countries are also becoming less afraid of interfering in their citizens’ lives in a bid to ensure high vaccine rates.



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