The British government has refused to rule out mandatory coronavirus vaccinations for its citizens. U.K. Health Secretary Matt Hancock said on Nov. 16 that the government is not “proposing” mandatory jabs in case voluntary immunizations do not work in slowing down the spread of COVID-19. However, he went on to say that he has learned “not to rule things out,” adding that “we have to watch what happens and … make judgments accordingly.”
A government source appeared to back up Hancock’s remarks, telling The Daily Telegraph that “nothing could be ruled out” at the moment. Another government source told the Telegraph that while ministers were focused on encouraging voluntary vaccinations, mandatory inoculation would have to be considered if coronavirus infections and deaths remained high.
The second government source warned: “We have always operated on the basis of educating people about vaccines to ensure a system of informed content. If there was an effective vaccine, and because of low uptake – we [are] still seeing deaths in large numbers, then we would have to consider [mandatory vaccination].”
Currently, vaccines are not mandatory in the U.K. with the government allowing people to make their own informed decisions on the matter.
The comments from Hancock and the two government sources followed a Nov. 16 announcement by American biotechnology company Moderna that its COVID-19 vaccine was 94.5 percent effective in preventing the disease. The U.K. government subsequently purchased five million doses of Moderna’s vaccine, enough to vaccinate 2.5 million Britons with the necessary two shots. Vaccine rollout is expected by spring next year following approval by health authorities.
Given Moderna’s promising coronavirus vaccine, more than half of the U.K.’s citizens would avail of COVID-19 jabs. A Nov. 16 survey by British market research firm YouGov found that 67 percent would be likely to take a vaccine, while 21 percent said they would not do so and 12 percent were not sure.
As of press time, the U.K. currently has a COVID-19 caseload of 1.4 million, with 52,839 deaths and 3,148 recoveries, according to data from Johns Hopkins University
In addition to hinting at possible mandatory vaccinations, Hancock also criticized a group of National Health Service (NHS) medical workers who created a Facebook group against public health orders against COVID-19. The group, called NHS Workers for Choice, No Restrictions for Declining a Vaccine, opposed mandatory vaccines, mask-wearing and testing in hospitals.
The group’s membership has increased to more than 250 members in the past month. One of the members who works for a surgery clinic said she would quit before joining any vaccination program. Another member gave an ominous warning amid reports that healthcare workers will be the first ones to get a vaccine: “NHS staff gone, all sick and old will be gone. Population under reconstruction. Welcome to the new world order.”
Hancock remarked that NHS staff joining such a group was “entirely inappropriate.” Speaking to Times Radio, the health secretary said: “I wouldn’t advise it for anybody, because we don’t propose and allow vaccines in this country unless they pass some of the most stringent safety requirements in the world.”
“Getting a vaccine – whether it’s for flu or … for coronavirus – is something that not only protects you, but [also] protects the people around you,” he added. “So it’s a really important step.”
The NHS workers are not alone in their fight against draconian public health restrictions during the pandemic, including mandatory vaccinations. Americans have also stood against medical tyranny in the name of public health, as such measures impede on freedoms guaranteed by the Constitution.
One such example of medical tyranny in the U.S. happens to be in Chicago, where health officials were reported to be in “deep planning stages” of a mass COVID-19 vaccination. Chicago Department of Public Health Commissioner Allison Arwady said during a press conference last April that the city already purchased the syringes to be used in this effort and mapped out locations where the vaccinations will happen.