Matt Hancock reveals he has received death threats from anti-vaxxers over the government’s COVID jab rollout.
The former health secretary, who resigned after breaking coronavirus rules during an alleged affair with a colleague, described opponents of vaccines as “snarky and dangerous” and “pathetic anti-scientific glories” in an article.
He said anti-vaxxers were trying to halt the progress made over the past nine months and urged everyone who hasn’t been vaccinated yet to “do the right thing and get the jab”.
“I am incredibly grateful to everyone who got this job because they have played their part and made COVID so much easier to manage,” he said. wrote in the mail on sunday.
However, almost unbelievably, there is still a persistent but thankfully small and shrinking group of people determined to try to halt this progress. In all my time in public life, I’ve never met a group that was so hazy and dangerous as anti-vax.”
He continued: “The people I reserve my vitriol for are the ones who promote anti-vax lies. I find it hard to believe, but it’s a shocking fact that there are aggressive, noisy, threatening There is a small number of people who give the vaccine who think it is right and it is appropriate to try to prevent others from getting vaccinated.
“The extent to which these people will go is extraordinary. They pump out intimidating content and videos with defamatory arguments. They try to play on people’s fear of the unknown. They plot and spread misinformation. They I have also been threatened with death simply because I have played a major role in the rollout of vaccines.
“Thankfully, they are losing the argument. The sheer number of people who have jab is proof of that.”
Mr Hancock said getting the jab was “a social and moral obligation” and asked the public to persuade their unaffiliated friends with science and “reassuring facts”.
“I understand some people are hesitating,” he wrote. “It’s okay to be uncertain and to ask questions. But vaccinations have been available for all adults for months. The evidence that they work is overwhelming.
“Yes, you may have arm pain or a headache for a day or two. But more serious side effects are actually very rare. They don’t affect fertility, they don’t put a tracking device in your blood, and No, this is not some kind of conspiracy hatched by the almighty lizard-men.
“Unless you have a medical condition, there is no excuse to stay unattended. You are putting the health of the nation at risk. How can it be right that people who have refused the jab They put such a burden on the NHS.
Mr Hancock publicly commended celebrities including England manager Gareth Southgate and Sir Elton John for coming forward.
“Every one of us who gets vaccines puts the odds firmly in our favor in the race between vaccination and infection,” he said.
“So let’s get over this. Protect the health of the country and the liberties we love. Get the jab.”
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