Boris Johnson confirms government is sticking with Plan B
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Boris Johnson has slapped down anti-vaxxers campaigner misinformation on social media around the coronavirus vaccine. The Prime Minister said he wanted a voluntary approach to vaccinations but slammed the “total mumbo jumbo” being pushed online by some social media trolls.
The Prime Minister told Sky News: “I want to say to the anti-vaxx campaigners, the people who are putting this mumbo jumbo on social media: they are completely wrong.
“You haven’t heard me say that before because I think it’s important we have a voluntary approach in this country and we’re going to keep a voluntary approach.”
He said other European countries are going for “coercion”, and added: “What a tragedy that we’ve got all this pressure on the NHS, all the difficulties that our doctors and nurses are experiencing and we’ve got people out there spouting complete nonsense about vaccination.
“They are totally wrong, and I think it’s time that I, the Government, call them out on what they’re doing. It’s absolutely wrong, it’s totally counterproductive, and the stuff they’re putting out on social media is complete mumbo jumbo.”
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Mr Johnson added: “I want a voluntary approach in this country, and we’re going to keep a voluntary approach … Other European countries are going for coercion.”
“But what a tragedy that we’ve got all this pressure on the NHS … and you’ve got people out there spouting complete nonsense about a vaccination.
“I think it’s time that I, [and the] Government, call them out on what they’re doing.
“It is absolutely wrong. It’s totally counterproductive.”
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The Prime Minister argued it was “not true” that the NHS does not have enough staff to cope with the pressures it is facing.
He told Sky News: “First of all, yes, I appreciate that the NHS is under huge pressure and yes, you’re quite right in what you say about the way it’s been continuous over the last 18 months – we’ve had wave after wave of Covid and our NHS has responded magnificently and they’ve kept going.
“And of course, I understand how frustrating it is to see another wave coming in, and I thank doctors, nurses, all health staff, everybody, for what they’re doing to keep going.”
He stressed a staff recruitment drive and the return to work of retired staff and help ease the burden.
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The Prime Minister insisted Omicron was milder than previous variants but said: “The pressures on hospitals are clear. What we’ve got to do is give the NHS all the help we can through the next period, with all the simplifications of systems, moving staff from one hospital to another, all the ways we can back staff up, but also make sure that the people who are likely to get ill get vaccinated first.
“The saddest words in the English language are ‘too late’. When you’re in ICU and you haven’t been vaccinated, sadly it’s too late to get vaccinated, so get boosted now.”
Earlier, Downing Street said it is right to continue to look at what it means to be fully vaccinated against coronavirus.
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