‘Selfishness going to stop us!’ Vine guest slams unvaccinated as UK risks new lockdown

Vaccines: Jeremy Vine guests debate ’selfishness’

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Those in the UK not being vaccinated should not hold back the rest of the population, a guest on Jeremy Vine on 5 has said. Michael Booker, the deputy editor of the Sunday Express, said those eligible for a vaccine but not taking them should not “stop the rest of us.” Vaccine uptake in the UK has been high, with over 70 percent of the adult population having received at least one dose of the coronavirus jab.

Mr Booker discussed the issue of vaccine uptake with Jeremy Vine and Bridgerton actress Adjoa Andoh.

Ms Andoh said that she was keen for everyone in the UK to receive the jab if they could.

The vaccine rollout has reduced hospitalisations and deaths caused by COVID-19, but some areas of the UK have seen spikes in cases in recent weeks due to the spread of the Indian variant.

Ms Andoh said: “I’m rather keen on the vaccination.”

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To which Mr Booker replied: “But that is working.”

Ms Andoh responded: “It is, but if you wait until we get a critical mass of people being [vaccinated], and as they said most people being hospitalised in those areas are people who could have had the vaccine and didn’t.”

Mr Booker replied: “So is selfishness going to stop the rest of us?”

“It’s not selfishness,” replied Ms Andoh.

“But in many cases it is,” said Mr Booker, “People do see it as that.”

Ms Andoh said: “Well, they might see it as that but I think there are concerns that do need addressing but I think that people do need to get vaccinated.”

Outbreaks of COVID-19 have been seen in several regions across the UK in the past few weeks, with many areas such as Bolton and Blackburn that have relatively low levels of vaccine uptake seeing a rise in cases.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock told MPs this week that 90 percent of those in hospital with coronavirus in Covid hotspots have not received two doses of the vaccine.

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Speaking in the House of Commons, Mr Hancock said: “43 percent of adults have had both jabs but that means more than half are yet to get the fullest possible protection that two jabs give.

“Yesterday [May 26] we saw 3,180 new cases of coronavirus – the highest since April 12. 

But thanks to the power of vaccination, in which I have always believed, the link from cases to hospitalisations and to deaths is being severed.”

According to Public Health England, there are now 6,959 cases of the Indian variant in the UK, up from 3,535 last week.
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