Some local officials are quietly avoiding themselves as the Chinese administration is competing to inoculate tens of millions of people through compulsory policy and publicity blitz.
In Beijing’s aggressive vaccination, some officials in Liaoning Province, a state in northeastern China, cite various health reasons for not taking China’s COVID-19 vaccine.
In a town called Shindai in the heart of the state, only three out of 66 employees have been vaccinated by another two on the registration list, showing a disastrous motivation rate of less than 10 percent.
According to a graph summarizing local vaccination efforts, 50 government officials and local judicial and law enforcement officials indicated reasons for underlying illness, allergies, pregnancy, recent surgery, or colds. ..
Allergies stand out as the number one reason and have been cited 22 times. Twenty people also mentioned high blood pressure and five people mentioned diabetes, both of which are chronic diseases that mark being extremely vulnerable to the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus.
In Tai’an County, which has jurisdiction over the town, only four of the 56 Residential, Urban and Rural Development Bureaus agreed to the vaccination, and three made excuses for “poor health.” At the county’s Political and Legal Commission, a well-funded CCP agency that directly oversees the court system, one mentioned toothache. At Da’an’s Financial Services Center, some said they were taking Chinese herbs or had an unspecified illness.
Acceptance of vaccination is no longer optimistic at the Taian Vocational Education Center, the county’s major college of technology. There, he claimed that about one-third were allergic and that many were recovering from seasonal flu.
The low participation rate of officials tasked with “setting an example” in China’s vaccination activities seems to indicate a further lack of domestic enthusiasm.
The administration is promoting homegrown vaccines at home and abroad, shipping them free of charge to 69 countries and celebrating a record of 100 million doses across China by the end of March. Takafuku, director of the National Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, recently told state media that he aims to vaccinate 70-80% of China’s population to achieve herd immunity.
However, vaccination efforts arose as enthusiastic officials made door-to-door canvassing to immunize residents and threatened to blacklist non-cooperators. Meanwhile, the program has been plagued by questions about vaccine quality.
Little is known about the Chinese vaccine that the administration has rushed to distribute. State-owned Sinopharm, a leading vaccine maker, announced on March 28 that it plans to conduct a third-stage study abroad to observe how long its protection from the virus will last. In Hong Kong, at least 12 locals have died following the Sinovac shot in Beijing.
Neither company has released clinical data, but on March 31, the World Health Organization guaranteed an efficacy level above 50%, the minimum standard for public use of vaccines.
“We don’t know anything about this vaccine,” a mainlander named Lee told the Chinese NTD, the sister media of The Epoch Times. “There is no third-stage study data, no analysis of whether it can produce antibodies, whether it can still infect, or whether it can infect others. We do not know anything.”
“You should put a few glasses of chicken soup in your house to boost your immunity.”
The administration is under increasing pressure in public skepticism. The state media anchor has approved a vaccination slogan that encourages people to “lend their arms.”
A local town called Wancheng in southern Hainan told residents that they couldn’t get on a bus or go to restaurants or supermarkets without a vaccination certificate. According to a notice on social media in China, “without vaccination, it will affect children’s school education, work, military participation and housing in the future.” Authorities later apologized in a backlash and withdrew mandate.
Wuhan, the central city of China, recently received a text from a local neighborhood association and workplace telling him to vaccinate on a specific day.
He and his father, a senior government official, quoted the history of past Chinese vaccine issues and thought it was unnecessary, he said.
Another retired Beijing official also expressed concern about possible side effects.
“Many ordinary people are worried about this, and so are I,” he told The Epoch Times in a recent interview.