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Wales’ Health Minister slams ‘hypocrisy’ of UK Gov mandating vaccines while PM doesn’t wear face mask in hospital

09 Nov 2021 2 minute read
Boris Johnson. Picture by Cancillería Argentina (CC BY 2.0). Eluned Morgan at the press conference.

Wales’ Health Minister has blasted the Prime Minister for mandating vaccines for health workers in England’s NHS while not bothering to wear a mask when visiting a hospital.

Frontline NHS staff in England will have to be fully vaccinated against Covid, the UK Government is expected to announce today. A deadline will be set for next spring to give unvaccinated staff time to get both doses, Whitehall have said.

Eluned Morgan however said that no mandate would be introduced in Wales as 95% working in care homes and the NHS had the vaccine and that they were “content” with those levels.

Meanwhile, she criticised Boris Johnson for failing to wear a mask while meeting NHS staff and walking around the corridors of a hospital in Northumbria.

“It’s shocking that the Prime Minister is walking into a hospital without a mask while asking people who work there to have a vaccine,” she said.

“That is hypocrisy by the UKConservative Government.”

She added that Wales would not shorten the time before the second and booster jab to five months from six months as is happening in England.

“The JCVI are still advising that we stick to a six month interval,” she said.

Eluned Morgan said that NHS Wales was under “incredible” pressure and any further restrictions would depend on whether than pressure increased. She added that flu vaccine take-up was lower than last year and she was “disappointed” with that.

Turning to Christmas, she said that a last-minute lock-down like last year could be avoided if they took steps now.

“The JCVI say that if you’re going to act, act early,” she said. “That’s what the Covid passes are about. That’s what we’re trying to achieve here.”

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Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
2 years ago

The PM, mouth wide open spewing out noxious substances everywhere he goes…

2 years ago

Another example of rules only apply to ordinary people. The Tory elite can’t be expected to do what the rest of us do because it is the right thing and saves lives in our communities.

Mick Tems
Mick Tems
2 years ago

Thanks for supplying an image of Bonking Bozo’s corrupted, lying, podgy, pig-like face. I’ll print it out and then have the greatest pleasure in throwing darts at it.

Y Cymro
Y Cymro
2 years ago

PM Boris Johnson has a motto, as do most Tories: “Do as we say not as we do.”

Britain is the laughing stock of the world and Wales is being tainted by association.

#YesCymru 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿. ##Ymlaen 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 #ToryRuleIsForTheFool 🇬🇧

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