Louise Minchin shut down by Robert Jenrick in mandatory Covid vaccine row ‘Not helpful!’

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Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick joined Louise Minchin and Dan Walker on BBC Breakfast earlier today to discuss a coronavirus vaccine, the end of lockdown and devolution. However, Jenrick hit out at the BBC presenter when she seemed to suggest he had implied a vaccine could be made mandatory in the UK.

Minchin asked: “Is there a situation where a vaccine might be mandatory for some people?”

“No,” Jenrick replied. “That’s not our expectation we don’t want to make the vaccine mandatory.

“Of course we do need to win the argument and persuade the public that the vaccine is safe.

“We’ve seen with other vaccines over the past 20 years there is sometimes misinformation.”

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“That misinformation is now predominantly online and we’ve got to combat that and persuade people that it’s safe to take the vaccine,” he continued. 

“I will be doing all I can to persuade my family and friends to take it when they have the opportunity. 

“I don’t think it’s helpful if we make it compulsory for those who don’t want to take it.”

Minchin questioned: “So you say it’s not your expectation that’s how you put it.”

“Let me be perfectly clear we don’t have any plan to make the vaccine compulsory,” Jenrick hit back.

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