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Health Secretary Javid excludes compulsory vaccines for Britons

UK Health Secretary Sajid Javid has ruled out the possibility of mandatory coronavirus vaccinations being implemented in the UK.

In response to whether Britain would follow Austria in imposing vaccines, Mr Javid bluntly said ‘no’ on Sunday.

“It’s up to Austria, to the other countries, to decide what to do. We are fortunate that in this country, although we have a reluctance to vaccinate, it is much lower than what we see in other places, ”Javid told the BBC. André Marr program.

The health secretary went on to stress that getting vaccinated against the Chinese coronavirus should be a “positive choice” that people should be encouraged to make, rather than being forced by the state.

Although he defended the government’s decision to make the vaccine mandatory for people working in the healthcare professions, he said there were no plans to extend the requirement to the general public.

“I don’t think this is something we would ever consider,” Javid concluded.

While Secretary Javid’s statement regarding the UK government’s position on compulsory vaccination was rather clear, the UK government has a history of about-face on coronavirus policy throughout the pandemic.

In September, the government appeared to turn around on implementing Covid passports for use in the UK, with Javid saying plans for the passes were scrapped after UK Vaccines Minister Nadhim Zahawi defended their implementation within the House of Commons.

The pair also previously contradicted each other over whether the government would allow 12 to 15-year-olds to choose to be vaccinated against their parents’ wishes.

While England has so far avoided the imposition of vaccine passports, the government has said it will introduce them during the winter months if cases rise and trigger so-called ‘plan B’. Vaccine passports have since been implemented locally in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

The latest comments from the Health Secretary come after the announcement that Austria would make the jab mandatory for the general public early next year.

The Austrian government has said it will start developing the legal framework to introduce compulsory vaccination by February 1, 2022. Those who refuse to be vaccinated against the virus will face heavy fines and penalties. potential prison terms.

A national lockdown inside the country has also been introduced, with the entire population confined primarily to their homes for the next 20 days, with unvaccinated people ordered to remain locked up indefinitely, even after the national lockdown expires. .

There have also been growing calls in Germany to implement a similar mandate, with Bavarian State Prime Minister Markus Söder saying he believes the country “will not be able to avoid vaccination. obligatory”.

German Health Minister Jens Spahn said the country faces a ‘national emergency’ over Covid-19 and the government faces a ‘situation where we cannot rule anything out’.

The imposition of mandatory vaccines and the reintroduction of lockdowns have led to widespread protests across Europe, with chaotic riots in the Netherlands.

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