Piers Morgan takes aim at ‘selfish’ NHS and care staff who refuse Covid jabs (Image: REX/Getty)
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Piers Morgan has slammed NHS and care staff who have refused to receive a Covid-19 vaccination.
The former Good Morning Britain, 56, took to social media on Wednesday to make clear his views regarding NHS or care home workers who are not receiving Covid-19 vaccines.
As outspoken as ever, Piers tweeted: "NHS and Care Home staff who refuse to be vaccinated need to leave their jobs and do something that requires less reckless selfish disregard for the health & wellbeing of their patients/residents."
Piers' criticism comes as it has been reported that jabs will be made compulsory for NHS and care home staff, with staff being given 16 weeks to receive one or face being redeployed or losing their jobs.
People with health exemptions from having the vaccine will not be expected to receive one.
Piers Morgan has slammed NHS and care workers who choose to not receive the Covid-19 vaccine
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"These moves would save lives and there is precedent with the Hepatitis B vaccine guidance for doctors," a Whitehall source told the BBC.
The move has not been officially decided but earlier this month Vaccine Minister Nadhim Zahawi said: "We’ve been consulting in terms of a condition of deployment into social care. I think it’s only right that we look at the healthcare system as well.
"It’s absolutely the right thing, it would be incumbent on any responsible government, to have the debate, to do thinking, as to how we go about protecting the most vulnerable by making sure those who look after them are vaccinated.
"There is precedent for this. Obviously, surgeons get vaccinated for Hepatitis B. So it’s something we are absolutely thinking about."
Vaccines have been extended to younger people now – with it now stretching to people aged 21 and over
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Naturally, the move for compulsory vaccination would prove controversial, with Twitter users were replying to Piers' tweet to debate the issue.
One person agreed with Piers, penning: "I can’t understand why they wouldn’t have it there job is to care for Vulnerable and elderly people the most affected by COVID. Pretty selfish to not have it".
Meanwhile, another person tweeted: "Wtf!? If my loved one was in a care home, & some staff weren’t vaccinated… I’d be seriously worried! It’s about health. It’s their choice not to get vaccinated I understand but as Piers says “do something else!"
However, one individual highlighted: "Whilst not agreeing with the policy, I understand the desire for it, just be prepared to live with the shortfall of staffing, some highly skilled and experienced who will not be easy to replace."
At present, nearly 42 million people across the UK have received their first dose of a vaccine so far, while just over 30 million have received their second dose. Vaccinations have now opened up to adults aged 21 and over.
Vaccinations have already proved effective at preventing hospitalisations and death
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According to the Office of National Statistics, over 40,000 people died in the care sector across England as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Cases of Covid-19 in the UK have been rising rapidly due to the increased transmission of the Delta variant of the virus which has been estimated to be as much as 60% more transmissible than the Alpha variant first discovered in Kent last year.
As a result, the 'Freedom Day' that would have seen remaining restrictions lifted on June 21 was delayed to July 19 in an effort to vaccinate more of the population over the next few weeks.
The Government data seems to suggest that both the Pfizer/BioNTech and Oxford/AstraZeneca are extremely effective following two doses at preventing hospitalisation in regards to the Delta variant.