- Sajid Javid has criticized anti-vax campaigners outside secondary schools
- He said workers were ‘doing so much damage’ and that it was a ‘growing problem’
- Sir Keir Starmer has called for councils to be allowed to use exclusion orders
Sajid Javid today criticized ‘stupid’ anti-vax campaigners for ‘spreading vicious lies’ outside secondary schools after protesters reported injuries to three children.
The health secretary described how the group of campaigners was ‘doing so much damage’ and warned that the rallies were becoming a ‘growing problem’ across the country.
The minister’s remarks come as Labor’s Keir Starmer called on councils to allow anti-vaccination activists to protest outside schools and use exclusion orders to prevent ‘spreading dangerous misinformation’.
Speaking to Kay Burley on Sky News, Mr Javid said: ‘These people are doing so much damage.
Sajid Javid slammed anti-vax campaigners for ‘spreading vicious lies’ and explained how the group of campaigners was doing ‘so much damage’.
‘First of all here you have three kids who are injured, actually physically injured, and it breaks my heart to see that. The kids are going about what they should be doing, going to school every day, and you’ve clearly seen these idiots spreading vicious lies outside your school.
‘It is becoming a growing problem with time.’
Mr Javid said an exclusion zone was an option but that other ways of dealing with campaigners should be done at the local level.
He continued: ‘There are options, whether it’s an exclusion zone, or other possible action, I think it has to be done at the local level with the local police.
‘If you have injured children, it is a criminal act and I hope in that case the police will be able to trace those people.’
He added: ‘The Home Office is taking this very seriously to a large extent and they are helping schools with advice as well.
‘We have a unit in the home office that will advise teachers directly on what they can do.
‘I think at the end of the day there’s only so much that can be done that you’ll still have people sending completely fake letters to parents.
‘They’ll be posting letters through parents’ doors, completely fake, with advice that’s just based on lies and they’ve got to understand that if they don’t want the vaccine themselves at the end of the day. It’s their choice. No one is going to force them.
‘I think it is a bad decision but it is their choice but they really should not spread these false vicious lies to common people. Especially parents who are doing everything possible to take care of their children.
During his interview the health secretary also warned that he was leaning towards making Covid vaccines mandatory for all NHS staff.
He said about seven percent of healthcare workers – or 100,000 people – still have yet to be vaccinated.
Labor’s Keir Starmer calls on councils to allow anti-vaccination activists to use exclusion orders to stop protesting outside schools
Protesters hold signs and banners while marching in London and protesting against Covid-19 vaccination for children
Even without Plan B, Covid cases should drop by about 85% to just 5,000 by Christmas
According to modeling seen by the government, Covid cases could drop by about 85 per cent in November to just 5,000 per day by Christmas, even without Plan B restrictions.
The current increase in cases is being driven mostly by children who are largely uninfected and because so many young people are becoming infected, some SAGE modellers hope to come out of the infection soon after achieving high levels of natural immunity. Huh.
The October half term, which begins today for most schools, is also expected to act as a natural firebreaker and reduce case numbers.
Ministers are understood to refrain from implementing restrictions including mandatory facemasks, advice to work from home and home vaccine passports after seeing projections that showed a sharp drop in infections over the next few weeks. Huh.
A model from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine suggests cases will peak sooner before falling sharply in the winter months – even without the government’s Plan B. Other unpublished models have shown a similar decline, with experts indicating that cases could drop. The Telegraph reported that about 5,000 cases were reported the day before Christmas.
The chief scientist behind the LSHTM model, SAGE scientist Professor John Edmonds, told the paper: ‘While we were working two weeks ago, the health secretary made it very clear that the government was not planning to introduce Plan B. near future.
‘Our model was predicting that cases would start to decline sometime in the autumn. However, the model also suggests that cases may start climbing again in the spring due to a combination of weakened immunity and increased contacts.
But he said the policy of ‘no jab, no job’ would enhance patient safety, which ministers took ‘very seriously’.
Covid vaccines are already a requirement for care home staff, with everyone expected to receive two doses by November 11.
But care homes warned that they would have to either shut down or break the law in order to stick to the policy, leaving employees in an area that already has very few employees.
Asked about making jabs mandatory for NHS staff, Mr Javid said: ‘I am leaning towards doing it.
‘At this point there are not about 100,000[vaccinations in the NHS]but what we saw with the care sector is that when we announced the policy…
‘That’s what I hope, if we can do the same with the NHS, we’ll see.’
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