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Tory MP Duncan Smith dismisses vaccine risks as ‘nonsense’ – comparing it to penicillin

Coronavirus: Anti-vaxxers slammed by Iain Duncan Smith

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He maintained that the only people who should be exempt from vaccination are those who have a medical reason proving whey they are unable to.

But all the others, Mr Duncan Smith pointed out, should not be entitled to turn it down.

Many Britons are still objecting to the jab for fear of it impacting their health but although Mr Duncan Smith gets where these people are coming from, with fears of the unknown being totally legitimate, he dismissed those suggestions by reassuring everyone that it’s the best way to stay protected and safeguard individuals in their surroundings in the fight against COVID-19.

He urged inoculated individuals to act unselfishly and get their three doses unless, he reiterated, they have valid reasons such as underlying health conditions to prove they can’t in a bid to avoid deteriorating their already-fragile health.

The positive effects of vaccine have enabled to save multitudinous lives, reduced hospital admissions and lifted the pressure on the NHS.

To date nearly 77percent of the British population have had at least one shot, over 70percent their second dose and 48.3percent are boosted.

But there are still people, although a minority of the British population, who doubt its efficacy and are undeterred by the scale of the threat posed by COVID-19.

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Speaking to James Max on TalkRADIO he compared the risks of the booster jab to that posed by penicillin, reminding that no medical treatment has ever been completely safe.

He said: “Well my personal view is you should take the vaccine unless you have some medical reason not to.

“It’s good for you and it’s good for those who are in the wide public.

“I don’t buy any of the nonsense about vaccines doing this, that or the other thing to you.

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“Everything you ever do in a medical procedure always has risks.

“You know, you go into the operating theatre there’s a significant risk.

“If you take treatments and pills.

“Look at penicillin, which has been one of the great discoveries of the world.

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“It changed our ability to get through our lives without dying of basic infections.

 “And yet one in ten people are completely allergic to penicillin.

“There are lots of risks you take but the key thing is you just got to make sure that unless there are very substantial reason why you cannot take it, you should be vaccinated.

“For your sake and for that of other people around you.”

But Mr Smith, who is the former Leader of the Conservative Party and nowadays a Member of Parliament for Chingford and Woodford Green, refused to disparage anti-vaxxers and call them idiots when Mr Max asked him if people who undermine the jab’s credibility would deserve such a treatment.

He stressed that as long they don’t cause disruption with their actions, insinuating the block-booking of fake tests and animosity which regularly ensues due to some anti-vaxxers’ wild protests against the jab across the country, he has no problem with them.

But he stressed the importance of the much-needed injections to stay protected on a personal basis and safeguard others.

Mr Max asked: “Just for clarity or otherwise do you think that if somebody has decided not to take the vaccine that they are an idiot?”

Mr Smith responded: “[Only] those who behave badly. I wasn’t talking about just taking the vaccine.

“I think those people who behave badly in a way that actually makes it more difficult for others.

“But those who don’t take the vaccine should be encouraged to do so.

“And if they have good reasons why then that’s fine but if they don’t I think we need to make sure that they understand that it’s good for them and good for the others.”

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