Why is the UK government putting so much emphasis on offering a booster jab to every eligible adult in the UK by the end of January? The Prime Minister says it’s to boost everyone’s defences against covid and omicron, the latest scariant.
But, what’s the real reason? Could it be that at the end of January, after every adult has had the opportunity to be injected, there will be an attempt to mandate covid jabs?
I ask the question because the incoming German Chancellor has said that he wants to do exactly that. Olaf Scholz said yesterday, that every German citizen will have had a chance to be fully jabbed by February or March. At that point, the jabs would be compulsory for every German unless they have a medical exemption.
Coincidentally, the German vaccination rate is around the same as the UK’s, with 68.5 per cent of adults fully jabbed.
Nobody in the UK government has suggested mandating the jabs. In fact, both the current Health Secretary Sajid Javid and his predecessor Matt Hancock have said that jabs won’t be compulsory here. I don’t believe them.
The Evening Standard reported the following on September 13th:
Some 28% of the population is currently estimated to be unvaccinated, according to the latest figures. This is the equivalent of 18.6 million people. Nearly a third (5.9 million) of this total are aged 16 and over and are therefore eligible to get the vaccine right now.
Of course, those numbers will have changed. I couldn’t access more recent stats this morning, but it’s likely that several million Brits remain unjabbed. Maybe the omicron scariant will change some minds. Maybe it won’t.
The point is, I do not believe that this will be tolerated for much longer.
Monday, January 31st 2022 is shaping up to be a very interesting day. It will be smack bang right in the middle of Winter. The NHS will be on its knees. It always is at this time of year for reasons I’ve given too many times.
Factor in the social care crisis too and it’s easy to imagine the Prime Minister or Sajid Javid saying in January that the time has come to talk about mandating the jabs.
But, I’ve been wrong before.