Sajid Javid slams ‘anti-vaccination fanatics’ as 90% of ICU patients haven’t had their Covid-19 booster
Nine out of ten Covid patients being treated in intensive care have not had their booster jab, Health Secretary Sajid Javid has revealed as he launches a fierce attack on ‘anti-vaccination fanatics’.
Writing in today’s Mail on Sunday, Mr Javid also says he finds it ‘disappointing’ tennis star Novak Djokovic – currently in a detention centre in Australia after being denied entry to the country over his refusal to have a vaccine – has been ‘fuelling scepticism’ about the jabs.
The Health Secretary reveals how a consultant at King’s College Hospital in London told him on Friday that a ‘shocking 70 per cent of Covid patients taking up beds in intensive care were unvaccinated… And yet that same consultant, who had seen this for himself, later told me that he personally still hadn’t had a vaccine.’
It comes after Mr Javid was confronted at his house last weekend by protesters who told his daughter that he was a ‘murderer’.
Writing in today’s Mail on Sunday, Mr Javid (pictured) also says he finds it ‘disappointing’ tennis star Novak Djokovic – currently in a detention centre in Australia after being denied entry to the country over his refusal to have a vaccine – has been ‘fuelling scepticism’ about the jabs
He said the most recent data showed people who have not been vaccinated are up to eight times more likely to be hospitalised with Covid, with 90 per cent of those admitted to intensive care not having a booster – and more than 60 per cent not having had any vaccination at all.
He writes: ‘Most people who have not yet been vaccinated have genuine concerns and are not extreme anti-vaxxers like those who targeted me.
‘But we need to call out the dangerous nonsense pushed around by some because as we’ve progressed through this pandemic the case for getting the jab has only become more overwhelming.’
Pictured: The latest coronavirus statistics
Mr Javid’s intervention came as:
- The UK became the seventh country to pass 150,000 Covid deaths. A further 313 were reported yesterday – up almost 40 per cent week on week – taking the total to 150,057;
- The number of new positive tests fell for the third day in a row to 146,390, but there were 2,434 hospital admissions, a week-on-week rise of 58 per cent;
- Scientists who warned in December of up to 75,000 Omicron deaths unless new restrictions came in admitted the latest wave was far less severe than they predicted;
- Some NHS medics are wearing purple ribbons to show their opposition to the policy that all healthcare staff must be vaccinated;
- The Government is reportedly drawing up plans to limit the allocation of free lateral flow tests to high-risk settings such as care homes, hospitals and schools, amid supply problems;
- A MoS investigation found 6 million people in the UK are following social media accounts that spread anti-vax propaganda;
- The US firm Moderna said it is working on a joint flu and Covid jab that could be available next year;
- Court documents filed in Australia by Djokovic’s lawyers said that he tested positive for Covid-19 on December 16. The Serb player faced immediate questions when photos emerged of hugging children the following day.