Fines for 'reprehensible' vaccine queue jumpers not ruled out

People who try to stand in line to get vaccinated faster are “morally reprehensible”.

A press conference on Downing Street heard from the Home Secretary that all measures are under constant review.

Priti Patel didn’t rule out fines for queue jumpers when asked if they would be considered.

She said that such people would endanger the lives of vulnerable people – and called them “morally reprehensible”.

It did so after it announced that the recent crackdown on Covid violations would impose initial fines of £ 800 on party-goers.

At the press conference, Dr. Vin Diwakar, NHS England regional medical director for London, said it was “morally reprehensible” for people to try to queue up a vaccine.

Speaking at the conference, he said, “People are being called in priority order so that we can vaccinate those who are most at risk of developing serious illness first.

“So I was horrified to hear reports that some unscrupulous people used links they shared to try to mistakenly book a vaccination appointment.

“To do this, some of the most vulnerable people in our community are being denied a life-saving vaccine.

“Let me be very clear: it is morally reprehensible to try to jump in line and anyone who books to get the vaccine fraudulently will be turned away.”

Home Secretary Priti Patel said violating lockdown rules would “cost lives”.

She said: “We are sure that the majority of the UK public is following the rules.

“You have, quite frankly, heard some pretty shocking examples (of rule violations) from Martin (Hewitt) today. I hear such examples from the police every day, and it really is just very disturbing to hear examples of the serious violations.

“The majority of the UK public who obey the rules will want that assurance. They want to know that those who break the rules will be fined when it comes to the police.

“These serious violations cost lives.”

She was also asked for advice for people thinking of booking a summer vacation.

While she said it was understandable that the question should be asked, it was far too early to look that far ahead.

When asked if the UK could keep its borders closed to people outside the UK until the fall, she said, “Our focus on borders and travel should of course not be on travel (now) unless it is absolute critical and essential. ”

She said the government’s focus remains on the vaccine delivery.

She added, “We have strict measures (at the border) for a very good reason because we want to protect the health of the public and ensure we can run and secure this world-leading vaccine rollout program. ”

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