Tunisia’s Vaccine Mandate Sparks Small Protests Ahead of Enforcement

Protesters denounce the new vaccine pass mandate in Tunis on October 30, 2021. Photo by Chahd Lina Belhadj.

On Saturday, October 30, around 30 people in downtown Tunis protested the President’s new decree mandating vaccination passes for all public spaces by the end of 2021. It’s one of several small protests that have occurred around the issue in both Tunis and other cities.

Protesters denounce the new vaccine pass mandate in Tunis on October 30, 2021. Photo by Chahd Lina Belhadj.

“Forcing us to get vaccinated and usurping our rights and bodily sanctity is a dictatorship,” 55 year old Nejjia Ajmi, a civil servant, told Meshkal/Nawaat. “It is my right to reject the vaccine, but also I can’t lose my job…”

Protesters denounce the new vaccine pass mandate in Tunis on October 30, 2021. Photo by Chahd Lina Belhadj.
Protesters denounce the new vaccine pass mandate in Tunis on October 30, 2021. Photo by Chahd Lina Belhadj.
Protesters denounce the new vaccine pass mandate in Tunis on October 30, 2021. Photo by Chahd Lina Belhadj.

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