The Health Secretary has appeared to rule out mandatory vaccinations, describing them as “unethical” after the Prime Minister called for a “national conversation”.
Sajid Javid said he had “no interest” in making Covid-19 jabs required by law, hours after Boris Johnson raised the prospect of this draconian policy being considered.
“My view is that it’s unethical and also at a practical level it wouldn’t work,” Mr Javid told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme.
“If you’re asking me about universal mandatory vaccination, as some countries in Europe have said they will do, at a practical level I just don’t think it would work. Getting vaccinated has to be a positive choice.”
He added on Sky News: “I’ve got no interest in mandatory vaccinations, apart from in high-risk settings in the NHS and social care, which we’ve already set out that we will legislate for.”
But in a press briefing on Wednesday evening to announce new curbs to tackle the omicron variant, the Prime Minister said the country could not “keep going indefinitely” introducing restrictions “just because a substantial proportion of the population still sadly, has not got vaccinated”.