PM Boris Johnson has commended the achievement of a vaccine for the coronavirus while advising that everyone should endeavour to get it as soon as possible and dubs anti-vaxxers as “wrong”.
Few hours only after latest news shows that the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine was more than 90 per cent effective in battling the virus, Mr Johnson urged Britons to get a vaccine once it is approved and said we should be “very, very pro-vaccine”.
Boris Johnson said during a Downing Street press conference, “Let’s be clear, there will be no compulsory vaccination. That’s not the way we do things in this country. We think it’s a good idea and I total reject the propaganda of the anti-vaxxers. They are wrong.
“Vulnerable people, people in need of a vaccine should definitely get vaccine. And everybody should get a vaccine as soon as it is available, according to the advice of JCVI (Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation). We should be very very pro-vaccine.”
Professor Chris Whitty also reaffirmed the point that the vaccine should be voluntary but added people should “want to take them“.
“I would also like to reiterate a point the Prime Minister made, it is absolutely the case that either way, my advice would be, these should be voluntary vaccinations. But people should want to take them because they will protect them from a potentially very debilitating and in some cases sadly fatal disease by these vaccines,” he said.