Boris Johnson slams 'mumbo jumbo' of anti-vaccine campaigners

The prime minister has told anti-vaccine activists that they are “dead wrong” in rejecting the “mumbo jumbo” they are promoting on social media.

Omicron continues to sweep the UK, but while it is a milder disease for those who have been vaccinated and boosted, the majority of those seriously ill have not received a vaccine.

During a visit to a vaccination center in Moulton Park, Northampton, the Prime Minister said, “I want to tell anti-Vax activists, the people who are posting this jumbo jumbo on social media, you are completely wrong.

“You have never heard me say that because I think it is important that we have a voluntary approach in this country and that we keep that voluntary approach.”

The Prime Minister said other European countries are using ‘coercion’ and added, ‘What a tragedy that we have all this pressure on the NHS, all the trouble our doctors and nurses have and we got people out. “There is utter nonsense about vaccinations.

“You are completely wrong, and I think it is time that I, the government, alerted you to your actions. It’s totally wrong, it’s totally counterproductive, and the stuff they post on social media is utter nonsense. “

While Mr Johnson admitted that he spoke differently than before, he did not go as far as French President Emmanuel Macron, who cursed when he said he wanted to make life difficult for unvaccinated people.

Macron told the Le Parisien newspaper. “I really want to fool her, and we’ll keep doing that – until the end.”

The Prime Minister also said during his visit that it was “not true” that the NHS was not staffed enough to cope with the pressures it was facing.

He said, “First of all, yes, I appreciate that the NHS is under tremendous pressure, and yes, you are absolutely correct in what you said about the continuous development over the past 18 months – we have had wave after wave of Covid and our NHS responded superbly and they moved on.

“And of course I understand how frustrating it is to see another wave, and I thank doctors, nurses, all health workers, everyone for what they do to keep going.”

But he said the number of staff had increased and this, when combined with the recall of retired staff and volunteers, would ease the burden.


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