Government set to #uturn over mandatory #NHSvaccinations

Hospital ward: how many NHS staff would Sajid Javid have lost if he continued with his plan for mandatory vaccinations?

Boris Johnson’s Tory government is rubbish at brinkmanship, isn’t it?

It’s good at bullying: where they have all the power, Johnson’s mob run roughshod over the plebs every time.

But look at this climbdown. Only a few weeks ago, Sajid Javid was rattling the sabre hard, saying NHS staff must get the Covid-19 vaccinations or lose their jobs.

Now he’s climbing down fast because the number of staff members refusing to have the injections forced on them (which is, let’s remember, a human rights violation) would cause a staffing crisis in the NHS.

This is not about people being anti-vaxxers, mind: there may be many good reasons for staff to refuse the injection and it would be wrong to infer a reason that may trigger unfair prejudice against doctors, nurses and support staff.

Javid is saying he’s relenting because the Omicron variant, now the dominant form of Covid-19 in the UK, is both milder than Delta and receding, but we all know that’s just an excuse.

The evidence shows that the bullies had to back down because they had painted themselves into a corner.

Downing Street appears likely to drop its policy of dismissing frontline NHS and care staff in England who refuse Covid vaccinations, a minister has strongly indicated, after nursing and care organisations called for this to happen.

Source: No 10 set for U-turn over mandatory Covid jabs for NHS staff in England | Vaccines and immunisation | The Guardian

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