Health Minister Sajid Javid this Sunday completely ruled out compulsory vaccination in the UK, stressing that he would “never consider” such a proposal.
His remarks come at a time when cases in Central Europe are skyrocketing due to new protests against tightened restrictions and tightening of vaccination protocols like in Austria.
“What countries like Austria decide is up to them. We are lucky that there are doubts about vaccines in this country, but much less than what we see in other places,” he said in statements to the BBC network .
“I think the vaccine should be a positive option on a practical level. If people are a little reluctant, we should work together to encourage them to get it,” he added.
However, Javid has confirmed that the Joint Vaccination and Immunization Committee (JCVI) is considering the possibility of booster vaccinations for all adults, a consideration included in an update last week.
Future considerations include the need for a booster vaccination (third dose) for people aged 18 to 39 who are not at risk and whether an additional booster vaccination (fourth dose) may even be required for those 18 to 39 year old from more vulnerable adults, if necessary, “he announced.
The UK is now seeing renewed spikes in infections, with more than 40,000 cases daily and more than 100 deaths per day. The country has reported more than 9.8 million people affected and 144,000 dead since the pandemic began.