Unvaccinated NHS doctor confronts Sajid Javid – VIDEO
Sajid Javid was confronted by an unvaccinated NHS doctor at a south London hospital yesterday, as the consultant urged the Government to reconsider its coronavirus vaccination mandate.
As he urged the Government not to impose mandatory coronavirus vaccines for NHS staff, an NHS doctor bluntly told Sajid Javid that he has refused to be vaccinated for the virus.
Steve James, a consultant anaesthetist, argued that antibodies from previous Covid infections were sufficient for protection during the encounter.
Before taking a parting shot at Dr James, Sajid Javid awkwardly thanked him for his efforts in saving Covid patients.
The Government, according to the Health Secretary, is getting advice “from people who are actually experts.”
During a visit to King’s College Hospital in south London, Mr Javid was confronted, as staff absences in the NHS are causing mounting pressure.
He polled staff on the intensive care unit about their feelings about new vaccination requirements for NHS workers.
MPs voted last month to require vaccinations for NHS workers who have direct, face-to-face contact with patients, unless they are exempt.
From April 1st, all NHS employees will be required to be fully vaccinated as a condition of employment.
“I’m not happy about that,” Dr. James said directly to Mr. Javid in front of the cameras.
“I’ve had COVID before, I have antibodies, and I’ve been working on COVID ICU since the beginning.”
“I haven’t had a vaccination, and I don’t want to get one.”
For Delta, the vaccines only reduce transmission for about eight weeks, and for Omicron, it’s likely to be even less.
“And if I don’t have a vaccine, I’m going to be fired? The science isn’t strong enough.”
“The protection I received from the transmission is probably comparable to that of someone who has been vaccinated.”
“I respect that,” Mr Javid politely responded, “but there are many different points of view.”
“I understand it, and obviously, we have to weigh all of that for both health and social care, and there will always be a debate about it,” says the author.
The consultant urged the Health Secretary to “reconsider” the rule in light of the “changing picture” of the pandemic during the Omicron wave.
“I respect your views, but more importantly, I respect everything you’re doing here and the lives you’re saving,” Mr. Javid responded.
a spokesperson for the King’s College Hospital
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