“No jab no work or entry to social events” – Star Readers’ share their thoughts on compulsory Covid-19 jabs for work

Earlier in the week the owner of Pimlico Plumbers said that it would be enforcing its “No jab, no job” policy for new starters. This was followed by Government plans for compulsory vaccination for care home staff, calling it a ‘safe and reasonable step’. The health secretary also said he was considering making this the case for all NHS staff. We asked our readers what they thought.

Friday, 18th June 2021, 2:41 pm

This is what they had to say on the matter:

John Savas said, “For care settings this is already the case with hep b vaccinations for nurses for example. So nothing new there. For other settings though, it's seems harsh, especially when there are people out there with no MMR vaccination etc.”

And Sam Wallace added, “I was vaccinated at work. I’d be very happy that myself and colleagues were protected. In fact I feel the same way about ‘do you want a vaccine’ as I do if someone said ‘do you want £1000?’”

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CARMARTHEN, WALES - APRIL 07: A nurse prepares the Moderna Covid-19 vaccine, at the West Wales General Hospital in Carmarthen, on April 7, 2021 in Carmarthen, Wales. Moderna, the third vaccine to be approved for use in the UK, is to be given to patients in Wales from Wednesday. Five thousand doses of the vaccine were sent to vaccination centres in the Hywel Dda University Health Board area on Tuesday. The vaccine's approval by the UK's Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency was announced on January 8. The UK has bought 17 million doses of the Moderna jab enough for 8.5 million people. (Photo by Jacob King - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

Quite a few are against the idea, as is the case with Shaun Langley who said, “Nope. We will be treading a very dangerous path if we start mandating vaccinations.” To which Elsie Matthewman replied saying, “Why should an employer employ someone who doesn’t care a damn about others?”

Michael Frank said that he has, “No problem with that seeing as we work with vulnerable people”, and Denise Mills replied to him saying, “but the vulnerable were vaccinated so why should it matter if anyone else is?”. Bradley Lee Surplice responded to Denise, saying that “viruses mutate quickly. The more people unvaccinated, the more chance of mutations. Those mutations have a chance of getting to the point that standard vaccinations don't work anymode.”

There were a few replies saying ‘nope’ or statements saying that the vaccination programme and compulsory measures were another means of ‘control’. Kay Roper, however, wrote that “I’m ok about it. I’ve had both jabs because I work at a school and I’m around children all the time.” David Farrer kept it short and to the point, “Fully agree. No jab, no work or entry to social events.”

Over on Twitter, Sue Lee said that it, “Can't be accurately policed, so no, no point” — actually it can be checked though… via the free NHS app. And Max Wang replied, saying that, “The real question is why do we need this policy if we can get 90% of the population to receive the jab some point in the future not far away therefore the herd immunity is formed? In that case those 10% who don't want to get the jab doesn't matter...”

"If it were me, I would agree wholeheartedly! It would keep those I come into contact safe & me too. As a customer I hope that people who serve me in any capacity would be fully vaccinated. I personally would have no problems with having a vaccine passport” said Jenny Allen. And George Credland wants to consider both the pros and cons (understandably), saying, “I’m fully vaccinated but there are a minority where it wouldn’t be safe due to health issues or risk allergic reaction. We need to take care not to exclude or marginalise people through no fault of their own. If majority vaccinated, transmission will be broken despite the minority.”

Philip Gascoyne says that, “If they are dealing with people who are particularly vulnerable to the effects of being exposed to covid, then yes”, to which Sasha Chouler replied, “The vulnerable would have their jabs though already too so they should be okay anyway”, and Philip responded saying that, “it's not 100% and the old and vulnerable need as much protection as possible. The jabs reduce greatly the ability to transmit the virus.”

Sadly, we couldn’t include all of your comments but you can take a look at what everyone else had said here on Facebook, and here on Twitter too. But thank you everyone for commenting, it was a fairly well rounded and polite discussion with no sniping or rude comments to one another, even when people had differences of opinion.