Over the last few weeks, furious debates over Covid-19 and vaccine mandates have divided people into two classes. On December 21, one individual from Argentina explained in a forum that “banks in Argentina are not letting unvaccinated people inside.” The person said that whether people are for or against vaccines, the mandate was “nuts” and the “decision to go all-in on bitcoin” was the best decision he’s made in his life.
Vaccine mandates have been causing a lot of division in many countries worldwide. Mandates include coercing people to choose between a vaccination or employment, and various cities in the world have made it so only vaccinated people can enjoy indoor dining in public venues, entertainment, and other public resources. On Monday, Boston became the latest city to implement a vaccine mandate for public venues, and Boston mayor Michelle Wu was met with protests during the mandate announcement. Protestors flocked to Boston City Hall to say “shame on Wu,” and that the Boston mayor was not a doctor.
— WCVB-TV Boston (@WCVB) December 20, 2021
Boston follows U.S. cities like New York and Los Angeles that have implemented strict vaccine mandates. The stringent requirements are taking place in other countries like Argentina, Israel, Australia, France, and Canada. While people think it’s bad enough that the unvaccinated cannot enjoy public places, many others are complaining about being able to access their finances in a public environment. For instance, Covid-19 protocol is very strict in Argentina and the country just opened its borders to vaccinated travelers during the first week of November.
On December 21, an individual published a post to the bitcoin-centric forum r/bitcoin and said residents who were unvaccinated could not go inside regional bank branches. The individual wrote:
Banks in Argentina are not letting unvaccinated people to get inside… The only way to withdraw dollars from your account is to do it physically in your bank. Whether you are pro vaccines or anti vaccines, this is nuts. My decision to go all-in on Bitcoin has been the best decision I’ve made in my life.
The forum post got a lot of attention, and one person asked the individual if Argentine residents could access automated teller machines (ATMs). “Not for dollars. Just for our local currency, which has like a 50% rate of inflation,” the individual replied. The Reddit post got a great number of upvotes and moved to the front page of r/bitcoin on Tuesday afternoon (EST). Many Redditors agreed with the individual’s statements and one person said: “Authoritarianism is on the rise. Bitcoin fixes this.”
#Bitcoin does not discriminate.
— Shabs (@spicyhodl) December 21, 2021
One person theorized that it was possible the central banks would introduce a central bank digital currency (CBDC) using this tactic of coercion and pressure. “Banning people from accessing their bank accounts without being vaccinated is probably what will happen when central bank digital currencies are introduced,” the person remarked. “You will get a new digital wallet tied to your i.d and proof of vaccination record. if you don’t get vaccinated you are locked out of your account. or if you are double vaxxed but don’t get booster shots in the future then you will be locked out of your account,” the Redditor added.
Nigeria: "Large gatherings, places of worship and banks will only be accessible to those with proof that they’ve received at least one Covid-19 shot" (article from September) https://t.co/i5ggJmsgPL
— David Vuorio (@david_vuorio) December 21, 2021
The individual from Argentina is not the only person discussing the unvaccinated being banned from banks. Reports indicate that banks in Nigeria have banned the unvaccinated from banks and places of worship. Nigeria’s Edo state governor Godwin Obaseki explained during the last week of August that large gatherings, financial institutions, and places of worship will only be available to those who can prove Covid-19 vaccination status. After Obaseki announced the rules, Nigeria’s Ondo state governor followed with the same vaccine mandates on August 30.
In Ontario and other parts of Canada, the unvaccinated are also feeling “ostracized” and a number of people who are unvaccinated believe their funds will not be available via traditional banks. “On the west coast [in Ontario] people are panicking [and] raging about the restrictions and the ostracization of the unvaccinated,” an individual tweeted on Monday. “We [are] being denied services [and] it is terrifying. Some people are withdrawing money from their banks [because] they may not serve the unvaccinated,” the person added. Some Canadians have no issues with ostracising the unvaccinated and feel these types of citizens are “lazy and irresponsible.”
During the first week of September Australian state of Victoria premier Dan Andrews said the state will “lock out” unvaccinated people from participating in the economy, according to a report from rt.com news. “There is going to be a vaccinated economy, and you get to participate in that if you are vaccinated,” Andrews said. “We’re going to move to a situation where, to protect the health system, we are going to lock out people who are not vaccinated and can be,” the Australian state premier added.
Meanwhile, American president Joe Biden and White House COVID response coordinator Jeff Zients are being criticized for what they have been saying about unvaccinated citizens. “I want to send a direct message to the American people: Due to the steps we’ve taken, omicron has not yet spread as fast as it would have otherwise done,” Biden said last week. The U.S. president added:
But it’s here now, and it’s spreading, and it’s going to increase … We are looking at a winter of severe illness and death for the unvaccinated – for themselves, their families, and the hospitals they’ll soon overwhelm,” he added. “But there’s good news: If you’re vaccinated, and you have your booster shot, you’re protected from severe illness and death.
Furthermore, on Tuesday, Biden had a press conference and told Americans that getting vaccinated is “your patriotic duty” and “an obligation to your country.” Biden said that Americans who are not vaccinated this winter “have good reason to be concerned” in regards to the Omicron variant.
What do you think about the furious debates over Covid-19 and vaccine mandates in recent times? What do you think about the unvaccinated being barred from specific parts of the economy like visiting local bank branches? Let us know what you think about this subject in the comments section below.