BRITISH people who deny the Covid vaccine are “selfish” and deserve to be banned from big events like the Premier League, Michael Gove blew up last night.
In the most direct attack on adults who so far have not taken an offer of a jab, the cabinet minister exclaimed, “Ultimately, if you can be vaccinated and you refuse to do so, it is a selfish act.”
Speaking on a visit to a virus testing laboratory in Glasgow, he added: “You are endangering the health and lives of others, you need to be vaccinated.”
And he added “some kind of certification is the right way to go” to prove if you’ve got jabbed.
Sir. Gove warned: “If you deliberately refuse to be vaccinated and there are certain venues and certain events that require a certain level of security, then you know the conditions under which you will be able to enter these venues, and these events will be blocked for you. “
Ministers are considering whether Covid passes should be mandatory for football stadiums and major venues as well as nightclubs.
Sir. Gove said: “I think we need to have some way of ensuring that people for certain venues and certain events can be sure that those who attend these events are less likely to carry of the virus. ”
And quoting football specifically, he added: “Ultimately, we will all make sure that great activities, Premier League games and other major activities are safe.”
Yesterday, the head of Tory backbencher anti-lockdown Covid Recovery Group hammered Mr Gove’s comments, accusing him of forcing mandatory jabs through the back door.
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Ex-Cabinet Secretary Mark Harper said: “I strongly support vaccination, have been double jabbed and would recommend others to do the same. I do not support mandatory vaccination or measures put in place to achieve this result – like domestic vaccine passports.”
Sir. Gove’s comments about football came when Tottenham announced they will try to use the NHS Covid Pass for fans who want to take part in friendly matches against Arsenal next month.
Participants will need to show official proof through the NHS app that they have double-checked or have had a negative test within 48 hours.