GMBs Charlotte Hawkins hits out at Shapps over vaccine passports People are being forced

GMB: Charlotte Hawkins quizzes Grant Shapps on vaccines

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Hawkins, 46, and Beresford, 40, were joined by Shapps, 52, as coronavirus continues to cause havoc for the travel sector. With France moving onto the “amber-plus” travel list and Wales planning to become the first UK country to waive self-isolation for double-jabbed, there was plenty for the trio to get through during the Good Morning Britain interview. However, when the topic of vaccine passports arose, Hawkins was quick to blast the idea, claiming it was “forcing” people to get the vaccine on the ITV show.

The debate arose following reported plans from the government to restrict entry to certain things like nightclubs and sporting events unless they’re double-jabbed.

Members of the public will have to show a vaccine passport and it is hoped this new initiative will encourage more people to get the jab.

Currently, 37.6 million people are fully vaccinated in the UK, with 84.3 million doses being given nationwide.

Discussing the matter, Hawkins said: “Do you feel comfortable that there are those people who think the government is forcing people into it?

“Because of the measures, because of the way they’re talking about the restrictions that will be in place, the proof you will need that you’ve been double jabbed.”

Shapps replied: “I don’t struggle hugely over this. What more evidence do we need? We’ve seen 60,000 lives saved because of our vaccination programme.

“We know, coronavirus, unvaccinated has killed millions of people in the world. What more evidence do we require?

“And that there is a vaccination programme that is safe, reliable, why [would someone not take the vaccine]?

“As I say, it’s a fact of life, nothing to do with the British government, if you ever want to leave the country again, you’re going to need the vaccine.”

People think the government is forcing them

Charlotte Hawkins

“I’m pretty relaxed about it, I think it’s the right thing to do,” Shapps added, but Beresford hit back against the government minister.

“Not everyone is relaxed about it, particularly 50 MPs in your party who are prepared to vote against the government’s misguided vaccine passports.”

Taking to Twitter, viewers also shared their thoughts on the new measures, which are set to be brought in from October.

One posted: “End the isolation madness! I get you can still get/pass on covid when vaccinated but that’s still going to be true come the 16th so why do we have to keep going with this?”

“Either the vaccine is good enough or it isn’t and if it is you shouldn’t have to isolate, if it’s not we’re screwed,” they continued.

A second wrote: “The authoritarian overtones were strong this morning. Vaccine passports have one very large flaw.

“‘Double Jabbers’ can still carry the disease into places unchecked and spread it. Whereas those not need to show a negative test. These are an exercise in control, and nothing else,” they added.

Whilst a third remarked: “Thank God that the only way we can travel is if you are vaccinated…about time and now see all rushing to book vaccination slots. Sad but true and if helps keep us safer as a nation then all the better!”

One of the MPs against the government’s passport rules is Sir Graham Brady, chairman of the 1922 Committee of backbench Tories.

Speaking with Sky News, he said on the matter: “The policy would discriminate against the young, against those who have medical or ethical reasons why they can’t be vaccinated and many ethnic minority groups.

“Fundamentally, people’s decision on whether to be vaccinated or not must be a personal decision for them to make based on their own assessment of the benefits and risks.”

From August 16, 2021, those who are double jabbed will not have to self-isolate if contacted by Test and Trace and won’t have to quarantine when coming back from EU states or the US.

Good Morning Britain airs weekdays at 6am on ITV.

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