The former British Prime Minister criticized those who refuse to be vaccinated against the Corona virus without health reasons, describing them as “idiots”.
“If you are not currently vaccinated, if you qualify, if you do not have a health reason not to receive the vaccination, you are irresponsible, which means you are an idiot,” Tony Blair told Radio Times reported.
Blair said the government should try to persuade people who are reluctant to get vaccinated rather than take the “hard” path.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson refused to introduce the rules before Christmas Day, but he has been under pressure from his medical advisers to tighten controls since then.
Britain recorded more than 100,000 daily cases of corona for the first time since it conducted large-scale tests, as it detected 106,122 new infections on Wednesday, compared to 90,629 on Tuesday.
Government data indicate that the rapid increase in the spread of the new mutated “Omicron” strain of the Corona virus is the reason for the increase in infections in the past seven days, which recorded an increase of 59 percent to 643,219 cases.
The data indicated that the number of new deaths within 28 days of testing positive for infection amounted to 140 deaths.
In addition, Britain announced earlier today that it will start vaccinating the most vulnerable children between the ages of five and 11 years against Corona, after the country’s Medicines Regulatory Authority approved the use of a lower dose than the usual dose of the Pfizer / Biontech vaccine with that category. age.
The Joint Committee on Vaccines and Immunization (JCVI) said children will receive two 10-microgram doses of the Pfizer/Biontech vaccine, one-third of the adult dose, with an eight-week interval between doses.
The committee added that a decision will be made on whether to give vaccination in general to younger children after additional data on the mutated Omicron strain of the rapidly spreading coronavirus and studying the impact of vaccinating young children.
“The majority of children between the ages of five and 11 are at a very low risk level if they contract COVID-19,” said Wei Xin Lim, head of the JCVI Vaccine Committee.
“However, some people aged between five and 11 years suffer from certain health conditions … that put them at greater risk, and we recommend that these children be vaccinated in the first place,” he added.