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‘Very dodgy road to go down’ Jeremy Corbyn slams compulsory COVID jabs for NHS staff

Jeremy Corbyn says he's against compulsory Covid-19 vaccines

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The former Labour party leader told LBC’s Tom Swarbrick that the move is wrong and will lead Britain down a “dodgy road” of compulsion and not encouragement. He went on to share similar concerns over plans to bring in vaccine passports which he said are a concerning development.

Jeremy Corbyn said that he would not follow Labour’s decision on Tuesday to back Plan B of the Government’s winter COVID plan which includes the implementation of vaccine passports at large events.

Mr Corbyn said he did not think “it’s a particularly good idea” to bring in passports to prove vaccination status as he shared fears of where such a decision will lead to.

Despite this he insisted wants to see a process where “we are asking people to recognise the severity and dangers of COVID”.

While he insisted you achieve “far more” in public health through “cooperation and persuasion” than you by compulsion, which is what he argued results when COVID passports are phased in.

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The former Labour leader also stressed he was “worried about the direction of travel” Britain is heading in the introduction of the passports.

He went on to note what he branded as a “danger” whereby vaccines are being made compulsory for NHS staff.

Mr Corbyn argued how testing was an “appropriate way of doing things” rather than forcing people to get jabbed in the health service.

He said: “I think people ought to be vaccinated and take up the opportunity to get jabbed.

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But he warned: “Once you go down the route of compulsion, what do you do with the people that refuse to take a vaccination?

“Do you then dismiss them from working in the NHS? You then go down a road of criminalising people. This is a very dodgy road to go down.”  

Announcing Plan B at a press conference on Wednesday, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he did not want Britain to be a “society and a culture where we force people to get vaccinated”.

But he warned that if vaccines are shown to be capable of “holding” Omicron then “there is going to come a point” when “we are going to have to have a conversation about ways in which we deal with this pandemic”.

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It comes as MPs will vote on Tuesday as to whether vaccine passports should be required to enter large venues including night clubs or large sporting events as part of the Governments triggering of Plan B.

The move comes amid a raft of restrictions brought in by the governments COVID Winter Plan which has also seen the return of working from home.

The decision has prompted rebel backbenchers to announce they will vote against the move which they are is devisive and discriminatory.

Labour Party leader Sir Keir Starmer has said his party intend to vote with the Government on the implementation of Plan B.

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