Cabinet Minister Sajid Javid dismissed the prospect of compulsory vaccination of the public as morally wrong and impractical, saying: “I have no interest”.
The health secretary’s comments came just hours later Boris Johnson introduce New limitations in efforts to control the spread of the omicron . variant, urge the public to work from home and introduce Covid passport.
Despite the Prime Minister’s insistence that he does not “want us to have a society where we force everyone to be vaccinated”, he seems to have hinted at a “national conversation” about the draconian measure. for the mandatory injections that some Europeans have planned.
He said at the 10th press conference: “I think there will come a point, if we can show that the vaccine is capable of keeping Omicron – and that’s the important thing that we need to test – I think we need to have a national conversation about the ways we’re dealing with this pandemic.
“I don’t think we can go on indefinitely with non-drug interventions, I mean restrictions on people’s lifestyles, just because a large portion of the population is still sad. unvaccinated.”
However, when asked if the government is considering compulsory vaccination, the health minister said Sky News on Thursday morning: “No – I’m not interested in mandatory vaccinations.
“In addition to the high-risk NHS and social care settings that we have set out, we will legislate for,” Mr Javid said.
“Also, if you’re talking about universal mandatory vaccination, I think morally it’s wrong, but also on a practical level, it’s not going to work. Vaccination should be a positive decision.”
Mr Javid also appeared on Thursday following his decision the previous day to withdraw from morning media interviews as the government faces intense pressure over a leaked audio recording showing No 10 officials laughing about a Christmas party being held in Downing Street.
“I didn’t show up because I saw that video – it upsets me, a lot of people across the country, it upsets the prime minister,” the cabinet minister stressed.
When asked if he would “opt out” to air after the footage appeared, Mr Javid added: “No, it’s not a refusal – I spoke to my colleagues in No 10 and we do agree that it would be best to take some time to respond to the video the way the prime minister currently has, by ordering an investigation by the cabinet secretary (Simon Case).
“And so the idea was to give some space to react but I’m glad the prime minister asked for an investigation and I can also understand why so many people have been upset by that video. .”
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/sajid-javid-mandatory-vaccination-covid-b1972680.html ‘I have no interest’: Sajid Javid dismisses compulsory vaccination of the public as ‘morally wrong’