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Should a worker be fired for refusing to be vaccinated?

It was reported that a global bank in the US will fire its workers who refuse to be vaccinated. Report

I give my view on this issue.

I think that it is wrong for an employer to fire a worker over the refusal to be vaccinated. The health requirement should be specified by the health authority and not the employer.

If this requirement is in the public interest, it should be the duty of the legislature to pass a law to make vaccination mandatory, with specified exemptions.

If the legislation is not prepared to pass this legislation, after considering the matter carefully, the employer cannot take on this “dictatorial power”.

The trade union has the duty to protect the worker against unfair employment practices. If there is no trade union, the labor minister has that duty to protect the rights of workers.

The employer should have the right to refuse to pay for the medical bills of unvaccinated workers for treatment of a disease that is caused mainly by the worker’s decision to remain unvaccinated.

However, this right does not extend to the termination of the employment.

There is the argument that an unvaccinated worker may increase the spread of the virus in workplaces. The medical facts do not appear to support this argument. Vaccinated workers can still be infected and can spread the virus.

The main value of vaccination appears to be to reduce the severity of the illness when a person is infected. If the co-workers are vaccinated, they are largely protected.

The actual risk falls on the unvaccinated workers. If they are prepared to take this higher risk, and to pay for the expenses of their treatment, they should not be fired for choosing to be unvaccinated.

 

Tan Kin Lian

 

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38 Responses to “Should a worker be fired for refusing to be vaccinated?”

  • Singapore is a FAKE:

    Straits Times:Singapore and Silicon Valley: Two different operating systems

    The differences are: Singapore vs Silicon Valley

    1) Getting things done vs getting the RIGHT things done

    2) Efficiency vs effectiveness

    3) Focus on “process and organization” vs focus on results

    4) “Ass-kissing” vs risk-taking

    5) “Just do” vs Think before doing

    6) “Opaque” vs open and transparent

    7) Conformity vs competition

    8) “Police state” vs true democracy

    The above is the reason the Singapore economy is not “robust”. It is basically “Mickey Mouse” and “flaky” anchored on over-priced real estate, “blood-sucking” (value extracting) banks, MNC who are in Singapore for “cheap” labor and tax-breaks.

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  • Stupid Singaporeans Vote PAP:

    OngYeeGone…but we ownself Chat ownself leh….(my father is very proud of me).

    Singapore is a FAKE:
    Straits Times:Singapore and Silicon Valley: Two different operating systems

    The differences are: Singapore vs Silicon Valley

    1) Getting things done vs getting the RIGHT things done

    2) Efficiency vs effectiveness

    3) Focus on “process and organization” vs focus on results

    4) “Ass-kissing” vs risk-taking

    5) “Just do” vs Think before doing

    6) “Opaque” vs open and transparent

    7) Conformity vs competition

    8) “Police state” vs true democracy

    The above is the reason the Singapore economy is not “robust”. It is basically “Mickey Mouse” and “flaky” anchored on over-priced real estate, “blood-sucking” (value extracting) banks, MNC who are in Singapore for “cheap” labor and tax-breaks.

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  • Harder Truths:

    In other parts of the world, there are no lockdowns or masks, people live normally and there is no problem.

    https://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2022/01/13/the-entire-western-world-is-a-bad-joke/

    In Florida, where I live, we give and attend parties whenever we wish. There are no lockdowns, no masks, no vaccine mandates. Indeed, vaccine mandates are illegal. If you believe the Covid propaganda, everyone in Florida should be dead. Instead, we are happy and normal. It is the rest of the world that is dead, afraid of its shadow, hiding in locked down rooms, with hospitals full of people dying from the vaccine.

    $G has got to be one of the stupidest places on the planet

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  • Ong Ye Kung talking cock again:

    Straits Times: Two-party system like those in UK, US unlikely in Singapore, says Ong Ye Kung

    OYK must be have a short memory and/or has dementia. Support for PAP declined to 6o% during GE2011 causing the loss of a GRC. It unexpectedly went up to 70% during GE2016 because LKY died in 2O15 – the “LKY effect”. Many voters stupidly wanted to “thank” LKY – “Mr GDP” ( Good Dead Permanently). PAP was actually expecting a further decline in support as evidenced by its “tweaking” the electoral boundaries to minimize the “damage” to the party. Support for PAP went back down to 60% during the last GE in 2020 because the “LKY effect” is a “one-off”. PAP lost another GRC.

    The trend is clear. Support for PAP is going down because Singaporeans are worse off since LHL became PM. His pro-alien policies cause thousands of PMETs to lose their job to “cheap” (no CPF) foreigners. These foreigners also depressed local wages and pushed up prices. HDB prices also more than DOUBLED since LHL became PM while wages were stagnant. LHL and PAP “screwed” Singaporeans “big-time”.

    If support for PAP declines again by 10+% it would mean the MAJORITY of Singaporeans no longer support the oarty. This will be a “turning point” – the beginning of the end for the greedy, always self-serving, ruthless and pro-alien PAP.

    OYK should put his “brain in gear” before “running his mouth”.

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  • VTO - "the only way":

    Straits Times: How to help mitigate the impact of a GST rise Grace Ho, Opinion Editor

    The best and only way to mitigate even reverse the impact of GST rise is to VTO at the next GE. Throw PAP out of Parliament and make it the opposition party.

    PAP have not shown sufficient valid details to justify the GST increase. Its claim that GST needs to go up is unsubstantiated. It is not open and transparent on the issue. This again shows PAP’s hubris. It continues to insult Singaporeans.

    Vote them (PAP) out – the only way to make the lives of Singaporeans better.

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  • Yes, fire them:

    Refusing vaccination without a good medical reason is a good “indicator” of intelligence. There is compelling statistical support for vaccination. Those who do not believe it should be fired for stupidity.

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  • NotMyProblem:

    We cannot live with birds, wild boars, monkeys and other wildlife but we can live with Covid!

    Covid causes illness, loss of jobs, loss of friends and even lives, etc and we called it “living with the virus”!

    This is a situation of “if you cannot win them, join them”.

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  • Pap has the mandate:

    Forced Vaccination is just wrong. Even when you are vaccinated, you can be the spreader as well. You will die even you are vaccinated, and in Singapore when you are living in a crowded place, train, bus and etc. Your chances are high in getting Covid.

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  • Stop the PAP STEAL:

    This bastard cannot remain quiet. Why don’t he writes on NTUC going corporatisation – F him.

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  • Stop the PAP STEAL:

    SG is best to be Hhubbing King by PAP Administrative regime WHICH REQUIRES ZERO ZERO ZERO 0, 0, 0, innovative $$ capital etc.

    Now latest is philanthropy hubbing after aviation hubbing , maritime hub, intellectual property hub, industrial arbitration hub.

    How does hubbing earn foreign exchange, earn royalties, create intellectual property patents, shake the world, tremble the world and MOST IMPORTANTLY put SG in the techno/geeko world map?

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  • Dr Tan Tai Wei:

    On grounds of lacking in “corporate spiritedness”, etc., intellectual, judgemental, discriminatory deficiency as shown by being easily succumbing to “conspiracy theories”, etc., and how such would translate to risky performance at the workplace?

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  • oxygen:

    I WONDER WHAT PAPpypolitics and employers in LEEjiapore have to say about this court ruling -

    U.S. Supreme Court blocks Biden vaccine-or-test policy for large businesses

    https://www.reuters.com/world/us/us-supreme-court-blocks-biden-vaccine-or-test-policy-large-businesses-2022-01-13/

    Take guidance or pretend didn’t see the law logic?

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  • dream team:

    //If this requirement is in the public interest, it should be the duty of the legislature to pass a law to make vaccination mandatory, with specified exemptions.//

    right lar ? but why the white monkey idiots do not want to do it (got legal implications ??) ??? they prefer to dance and dance and dance around the merry bush ???

    //The trade union has the duty to protect the worker against unfair employment practices.//

    aiyoh. the white idiots have this beautiful term called tri-pa-tide dream team lar all ringing bells & banging gongs together ??

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  • Correction:

    “There is the argument that an unvaccinated worker may increase the spread of the virus in workplaces. The medical facts do not appear to support this argument. Vaccinated workers can still be infected and can spread the virus.”

    Vaccinated themselves are more likely than not, being infected from the outside but are all “infected” by the body making the spike proteins after the jabs.

    By the way, the supreme court of the US cancelled out the vax mandate. I thought it was gonna be otherwise since most federal entities there are compromised, looks like the laity won the day, for now, looks like the KM are surprised.

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  • John Doe:

    Singapore is a FAKE:
    Straits Times:Singapore and Silicon Valley: Two different operating systems

    The differences are: Singapore vs Silicon Valley

    1) Getting things done vs getting the RIGHT things done

    2) Efficiency vs effectiveness

    3) Focus on “process and organization” vs focus on results

    4) “Ass-kissing” vs risk-taking

    5) “Just do” vs Think before doing

    6) “Opaque” vs open and transparent

    7) Conformity vs competition

    8) “Police state” vs true democracy

    The above is the reason the Singapore economy is not “robust”. It is basically “Mickey Mouse” and “flaky” anchored on over-priced real estate, “blood-sucking” (value extracting) banks, MNC who are in Singapore for “cheap” labor and tax-breaks.

    Silicon Valley : Make tgs happen.
    SG : Wait for things to happen.
    Silicon :Trail Blazers.
    SG : Blazed by trials.

    Silicon Valley : Magnet for Sanjay Gupta, SG honey pot for Piyush Gupta.

    Silicon: Magnet for Sundar Pichai, Satya Nadella.
    SG : Goldmine for Mutu Prata,

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  • MarBowling:

    A STAUNCH PAPIGS supporter cum voter MAY NOT BE A Supporter of VACCINE POKING!

    STRONGLY THINK AND SUPPORT this KIND OF PERSON SHOULD BE FIRED!

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  • xoxo:

    What does *vaccinated* mean when the defined fully vaccinated is also *unvaccinated* against Delta n Omicron?
    So,OngYiCrON oso unvaccinated in the true sense and should be fired?

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  • Placebos or the real thing?:

    The unvaccinated are only a “threat” to themselves…
    My niece and husband are both fully vaccinated ( wef 3mnths ago)…but still caught cv19 few days ago ! Now forced to SHN…along with their 8mo baby, also tested positive…
    Are the vaccines really effective?

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  • nathan chen:

    LKY also uses discrimination to implement government policies. You don’t stop at two, your third children will be discriminated. His civil serpents will serve you last if males have hair that flows down his shirt collar. He will never throw sand into rice-bowls of those with more than three children and males with long hair. Of course, he will do more than break the rice-bowls of those who deem a personal threat to his position or he deems a national threat. He won’t approve the extreme measures of firing workers just because they defy the government to remain unvaccinated.

    PM Lee Hsien Loong wants to be more than his father, LKY. He wants to be more LKY than LKY. The PM is the culprit behind the firing of unvaccinated workers. Remember this date 15 Jan 2022, No Jab No Job. Getting the whole population vaccinated except for the rarer than rare exceptions is just the first step of his economic imperatives to reopen Singapore to the world.

    He thinks he can afford to sacrifice the remaining 50k unvaccinated helpless workers. He may be right. But no one can know whether Omicron is just the start of more deadly variants to come or it’s the beginning to the end of Covid-19 pandemic?

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  • What you boosting exactly Ong?:

    After the initial two vaccine doses, the scientific establishment is roundly split in their medical viewpoints. After all, different physical makeups would have developed immunity levels to differing extents. So what foolproof justification can you bring forth to mandate the 3rd booster jab by insisting vaccine effectiveness is 270 days valid (MOH mandate)?

    * * *

    WHO warns against blanket boosters, as VACCINE INEQUITY persists

    https://news.un.org/en/story/2021/12/1108622

    NO country can Boost its way Out of the Pandemic,” said WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, speaking in Geneva during his final press briefing for the year.

    “And boosters cannot be seen as a ticket to go ahead with planned celebrations, without the need for other precautions,” he added.

    The WHO Strategic Advisory Group of Experts on Immunization (SAGE) has issued interim guidance on booster doses, expressing concern that mass programmes for countries that can afford them, will exacerbate vaccine inequity.

    Currently, around 20 per cent of all vaccine doses administered are being given as boosters or additional doses.

    “Blanket booster programmes are likely to prolong the pandemic, rather than ending it, by diverting supply to countries that already have high levels of vaccination coverage, giving the virus more opportunity to spread and mutate,” said Tedros.

    He stressed that the priority must be on supporting countries to vaccinate 40 per cent of their populations as quickly as possible, and 70 per cent by the middle of 2022.

    “It’s important to remember that the Vast Majority of Hospitalizations and Deaths are in Unvaccinated people, NOT UN-BOOSTED PEOPLE,” he said. “And we must be very clear that the vaccines we have, remain effective against both the Delta and Omicron variants.”

    * * *

    Can the Singapore Covid MTF explain the meteoric rise in cardiac arrests amongst healthy sportsmen and even pilots who’ve received the two vaccine doses, for a start? I for one am an avid freediver and in the past year I’ve been experiencing occasional heart palpitations out of nowhere…..

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  • Fried Hum:

    TKL is obviously being led by the nose to think in one direction the same way as their propaganda. Please think out of the box – this has never been an issue between the vax and unvax. Someone failed in their job to keep this small city clear of the virus and it conveniently becomes the citizens’ fault. Should the MTF be fired for a lacklustre job after 2 years?

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  • Trilogy of hell:

    The Covid vaccine is ineffective which requires booster shot & the Omicron variant is replacing Delta as the dominant virus in 2022!

    What is the Trilogy of hell solution to exit the pandemic? Another booster shot?

    By firing the unvax is not going to end the pandemic! Are they going to admit their failure in using Covid vaccine to exit the pandemic?

    Who should be fired?
    FAILURE TO UNVAX?
    FAILURE TO CURB THE COVID?

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  • Aziz kassim:

    MOH is hiding alot of things , why have they not released the figure of the numbers of vexed being warded for the covid 19.
    2) the sudden jumped of vexed suffering from the number of illness! Than we will know, but they are avoiding the figures! Oppositions are not pressing on this issues of the vexed suffering from death and major side effects from the vaccines! We are talking about life and death but the PAP are more interested in making money .
    Look at Raffles medical owner, a sudden billion aire. Enough said!

    Tech: Oppos are not pressing is because they are all vaccinated and singing the same tune with the MTF.

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  • Floridian:

    ”Cases
    4.93M
    +54,994”
    ”Deaths
    63,081
    +262
    Todate there are 4.94M cases in Florida.
    ..https://www.google.com.sg/search?q=covid+death+in+florida&ie=UTF-8&oe=
    63081 deaths.
    Is the Florida that you live in the same as the Florida on Planet Earth?
    Or is it Florida on Mars.
    Magic of Google.

    Harder Truths:
    In other parts of the world, there are no lockdowns or masks, people live normally and there is no problem.

    https://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2022/01/13/the-entire-western-world-is-a-bad-joke/

    In Florida, where I live, we give and attend parties whenever we wish. There are no lockdowns, no masks, no vaccine mandates. Indeed, vaccine mandates are illegal. If you believe the Covid propaganda, everyone in Florida should be dead. Instead, we are happy and normal. It is the rest of the world that is dead, afraid of its shadow, hiding in locked down rooms, with hospitals full of people dying from the vaccine.

    $G has got to be one of the stupidest places on the planet

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  • Aziz kassim:

    TECH ; I do agree with you. The other day I met Pritam Singh; I I spoke to him about the ineffectiveness of the Vaccines and people are dying from it, why didn’t you brought it up in the parliament! He echoes what PAP seems to be saying; By Vaccination the sickness will be lightened! Huh! I was shocked! So I replied to him how many more shots we need to take? See how powerful the PAP propaganda is!

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  • Ong Ye Kung talking cock again:

    Straits Times:
    ‘Ownself check ownself’ is a virtue, S’pore in trouble if Govt can’t ensure public accountability: Ong Ye Kung

    Citizens can only hold accountable politicians if they know the WHOLE truth. For this openness and transparency in the public sector is, inter-alia, required. But the PAP government is not open and transparent on many important major issues. Therefore, OYK’s claim of public accountability is not true.

    The post of Elected President was created as a check on the political party in power. This means “ownself check ownself” is not sufficient. If OYK believes “ownself check ownself” only applies to PAP he should explain why. PAP does not have a monopoly on honesty, competence and integrity.

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  • Correction...:

    The Gov is not stupid.
    Employees are not terminated because they are unvaccinated.

    They are dismissed because they were absent from their place of work.
    This falls within the Employment Act.
    Employee cannot sue or go to court for this reason.

    From 15 January 2022, for employees whose jobs require working on-site as determined by the employers, employers can:

    As a last resort after exploring options above, terminate their employment (with notice) in accordance with the employment contract. If termination of employment is due to employees’ inability to be at the workplace to perform their contracted work, such termination of employment would not be considered as wrongful dismissal.

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  • @Correction..

    Think of it this way. Whatever the MTF said about the “cannot go to work if unvax” is ONLY an advisory with NO legally binding powers. So if the company follow the BS to the letter, then it is the company’s intentional act of not allowing the workers to go to the work place and then use the excuse of the employee not turning up for work to terminate the employee.

    For example. You are in NS and the platoon commander instructs the guardroom to not allow you to book-in to camp, and then uses that excuse to charge you for AWOL.

    Got it?

    @Aziz kassim

    Which is why I have been saying, the oppos are basically all useless, especially the PAP Team B whom you wasted your precious time talking to.

    This current Team B is no different to the Team B that the former Temasek Review owner talked about. It has not changed a bit, except maybe improve on their wayang abilities.

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  • illiterate pap voters:

    cotton sheep males must serve compulsory NSF and after that compulsory NSR.

    NSF wastes cotton sheep males their time. NSR wastes their employers’ time. NSF NSR waste everyone’s time.

    Therefore, if any employer can have their way, they will never hire cotton sheep males. because cotton sheep males need to waste the employers’ time. moreover cotton sheep costs much more than aliens.

    what are we saying?

    hahaha.

    with one stroke of the pen, pap solves two problems.

    problem one is the ceca ah neh agreement with ceca ah neh land. now with this opportunity, many cotton sheep become jobless and their roles in companies are easily filled by ceca ah nehs which in the process make pap look good in the eyes of ceca ah neh land leaders.

    problem two is the complaints by pap supporters, those employers who complain about the same job costing much more if cotton sheep is hired and therefore they prefer aliens especially the cheaperestest ceca ah nehs, even the fake degree ones.

    hahaha.

    cotton sheep voted a political party that digs the grave for cotton sheep.

    in the mean time, cotton sheep, soon more and more of them jobless, must pay 2% more in GST.

    we remind cotton sheep this. if they make pap kind of S$m pa, then, 9% GST or 19% GST is nothing. but if cotton sheep make median wage S$3,500 pm or less than median wage, hahaha, good luck.

    hahaha.

    cotton sheep is so stupid. they could have a better life under PSP WP SDP coalition government. yet cotton sheep says NO. cotton sheep says tyranny under pap is preferred.

    hahaha. cotton sheep is ffffing stupid.

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  • Correction:

    @TRE Tech

    Yes, I agree with your example.
    But….

    MOH also has the legal power to enforce under the Covid temp measures

    Control order to prevent spread of COVID-19
    34.—(1) The Minister may make regulations (called in this Part a control order) for the purpose of preventing, protecting against, delaying or otherwise controlling the incidence or transmission of COVID‑19 in Singapore if the Minister is satisfied that —

    Its a long list…

    https://sso.agc.gov.sg/Act/COVID19TMA2020?ProvIds=P17-#pr35-

    Tech: Problem is the “advisories” NOT “order” were not issued under the Infectious Disease Act, were they? Its akin to Mr Ong saying that wef tomorrow, all unvax cannot leave home on his Facebook page.

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  • Agreed:

    Agreed lah…how can sack them like this ?
    No need to eat ah?
    Be kind lah…

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  • Calvin, the carnivorous turtle:

    Some contracts require employees to comply with any new policy changes. So don’t need MOH approval, lah. Up to the company if they want to do it or not.

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  • If all the companies follow the BS from the MTF, in no time, Sinkieland will be filled with more FTs as the gahment will allow more FTs to be imported to cover the vacant. There will be a change of policy, now all companies who fired unvax employees can directly hire FTs.

    The PAPies will be very very happy, dio bo?

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  • Calvin, the carnivorous turtle:

    ‘Singaporeans first’ are all BS. PAPies had been getting companies to hire FTs on the quiet since 20 donkey years ago. So where got qualms about more Sinkies losing their jobs? Look the Medically eligible S’pore taxi drivers not fully vaccinated by Feb. 1, 2022 can’t drive. See they got care or not?

    Tech: If they had a choice, I am sure MTF would not hesitate to shoot every unvax person on the island just to make themselves look good. I am sure they have already written off the 50,000 or so peasants as disposable liao. And when they are done doing the unvax in, they will go after those unboosted, anyone wanna bet?

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  • Djokovic:

    Australia ensures Djokovic can’t win. No vaccine. No visa. Jailed. Tortured. Australia once again shows its true color. A dictator run under a democracy label.

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  • Singaporeans R Free Riders:

    No. Singaporean workers who refuse to vax should not be fired from their job.

    We just have to make these non vax Singaporeans pay higher medical fees and exclude them from all insurance/medical claim/medical leave. Period.

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  • oxygen:

    @ Djokovic

    Was Djokovic “tortured” and in “jail” practising his tennis game before next week’s tournament?

    Was his “pr*ck” cut off in that “torture”? How come Serbian Govt didn’t protest as this torture of “cut organ”?

    Djokovic: Australia ensures Djokovic can’t win. No vaccine. No visa. Jailed. Tortured. Australia once again shows its true color. A dictator run under a democracy label.

    And a “dictator” got slapped by Judge Kelly ordering Australia to release Djokovic from quaranting detention in a hotel and return all his properties WITHIN HALF AN HOUR?

    Having seen you peddling lies wholesale here, do you know where is your elbow , where is your “pr*ck” and where is your an*s?

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  • oxygen:

    @Djokovic

    HERE IS AN EDUCATIONAL piece for your learning on vaccine and its uselessness.

    Professor Ehud Qimron: “Ministry of Health, it’s time to admit failure”

    https://swprs.org/professor-ehud-qimron-ministry-of-health-its-time-to-admit-failure/

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