Health secretary Sajid Javid ‘leaning’ towards compulsory COVID vaccine for NHS staff

Politics

The health secretary has said he is “leaning” towards making the COVID-19 vaccine compulsory for NHS staff.

Sajid Javid said the government is “considering” making the vaccine mandatory for the roughly 100,000 NHS staff who are yet to get it following the recent closure of a consultation into the matter.

He told Sky News’ Kay Burley: “We’ve yet to make a final decision, but I’m leaning towards doing it.”

Addressing concerns there is already a shortage of NHS staff, the health secretary said the threat of not being able to work without getting vaccinated would make them have the jab.

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