The UK government has always said there will be no mandatory COVID vaccination but appears to be apprehensively dipping its toe in the waters of the vaccine passport issue, which could have implications for those who don’t have one.
However, some employers seem prepared to dive straight in, with ‘No jab, no job’ said Charlie Mullins, who runs Pimlico Plumbers because he wants to be able to tell his customers they have nothing to fear from a visit to fix their leaking pipes.
Care homes are naturally thinking hard about it too. They have vulnerable people to protect and the families on the outside will be more than anxious to know that an elderly mum or dad is being looked after by somebody who is fully vaccinated.
Barchester Healthcare, the second biggest care home provider in the United Kingdom, has spelt out to its 17,000 staff that if they don’t get vaccinated even though they’re eligible, there will be no more shifts for them from the end of April.
It might seem a no-brainer if we assume that the vaccines stop or at least lessen the chance of people giving COVID 19 to others, and of all the people you would expect to be fully vaccinated to protect the vulnerable from infections, care staff and NHS workers would certainly be at the top of the list, even if plumbers are some way down.
But it’s not so simple. Vaccination isn’t compulsory in the United Kingdom, and unlike France and Italy, we didn’t respond to the measles outbreak across Europe by requiring MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccination for children as a condition of going to school, and the UK uptake was ultimately better.
Vaccination has been advised but not enforced even for healthcare workers, and for years, meaningful amounts of NHS workers have refused vaccination against flu, even though they could pass it to someone at risk of dying from it.
And over the 2019-20 winter, 73 per cent of frontline healthcare workers had a flu jab, which was an improvement on the past two years following a significant push to promote better take up, but it still meant a quarter remained unvaccinated.
This winter, because of the pandemic, the flu vaccination figures were expected to be better, but it was known that a significant amount of healthcare workers and care staff would not have either the flu vaccination or the new COVID vaccines, although some amongst them would have medical grounds for not having it done, others religious or philosophical beliefs, or just uncertain.
As it is at the moment, the law preserves our rights to say no, and the government has powers to dispense with the current pandemic under the Public Health (Control of Disease) Act 1984, but that doesn’t extend to enforcing medical treatment or vaccination on a person who doesn’t want it, and where the government can’t go, unless the law is altered, employers would have difficulty going as well.
However, ethical bodies say there’s a balance to be struck between the freedom and self-determination of a person and the gains to be made in public health, and that it’s not a straightforward equation.
And complications include the fact that these vaccines have emergency authorisation and not full approval from regulatory bodies, although they’re looking amazingly safe and effective, information is still being collected on how well they work, and compelling people to be vaccinated, whether directly or for fear of becoming unemployed, could mean they’ve not given genuine approval.
It’s apparent that there are numerous people out there that don’t want to have the vaccine done, but then there are tones of people queuing up to have it done, which is way past some people’s understanding.
But the point is here, is that even with evidence and truth in your face, even with things not sounding or feeling right, even with nothing making any sense, most people like the hysteria, they like the trauma, so they want to believe, and they love that hating on others, that feeling of supremacy and they listen to the experts who have absolutely no reason to be untrue or do they?
And it does trouble me, and it does appear quite sinister to me, and are we being experimented on?
And it still baffles me why anyone would say that they’re proud to have had the vaccine. Many of us take regular medication, but that doesn’t make us feel proud that we’re taking it.
It should all be about choice, you either want to have the vaccine or you don’t, but you certainly shouldn’t be pressured into it.
We all can see as well as hear, and if something doesn’t sound right or make sense, then it’s clearly not right.
So far COVID has been a real killer – it’s killed the flu, cancer, heart disease. It’s killed the capacity to think, logic and common sense. It’s killed the economy, the working class and millions of jobs. It’s killed millions of businesses, human relationships, love and kindness.
Of course, the vaccine doesn’t have cyanide in it, so apparently, we’re not going to drop dead, so it must be okay to have the vaccine, but we have no concept of how this vaccination will affect us in the future, but then I guess nothing including life comes with a 100 per cent guarantee, so perhaps it’s okay to believe that the vaccine is going to be okay.
Everyone is entitled to their view on this without getting shouted down, but sadly when you do air your opinion, many are accused of having no intelligence, yet we’re supposed to believe every health professional that’s part of this pandemic.
I guess it was probably the same when polio, tetanus, chickenpox, German measles, yellow fever and malaria vaccines came out, everyone had their misgivings. However, to develop these vaccines it took many many years – the COVID jab took weeks, and many vaccines have a minimum of four years of testing on animals, this vaccine had none.
All had a licence to be called a vaccine, as they all went through the six stages it needs to become a vaccine and to be approved and get licenced. The COVID jab went through one stage and is the first-ever so-called vaccine to be used both without a licence, and if anything goes awry, can’t be prosecuted.