Covid anti-vaxxers descended on Leeds yesterday after the Houses of Commons passed legislation on restrictions. Last week the prime minister Mr Boris Johnson had flagged off the Covid booster jab campaign to fight the surging Omicron variant.
The anti-vaxxers from the group called “A Stand in the Park” congregated a few metres from the Mandela Covid test centre in Chapeltown handing out free “The Light” newspapers, anti vaccination leaflets to pedestrians, motorists stopping at the traffic lights and displaying banners telling motorists to “honk for freedom.” They did all this with cheerfulness just as the UK Health Security Agency reports that as of December 15 there are about 110 confirmed Omicron variant cases in Yorkshire.
With 79,000 Covid cases with the number growing daily the highest since the pandemic began, there is a growing resistance to Covid passports and mandatory vaccinations in the UK.
In an interview with “Felastory”, Mick 50, from Leeds said. “I am part of this A stand in the Park freedom movement which is against all the misinformation coming from the media and government. If you look at the government website it will tell you how many have been injured by the vaccine. But only I in 10 is reported. More people are dying from the vaccine than the virus all over the world.”
Mick does not believe that the Coronavirus is serious. “To me it’s the common cold and flu but Covid has better PR. The government spending billions on Covid advertising. If there was a pandemic it should advertise itself. See what I mean?”
On Covid passports. “The Covid passports will be like in Nazi times. You needing a Covid pass to get on the bus will lead to segregation. Why are they hiding stuff? Everything should be open to debate.”
Despite the anti vax campaign. Councillor Salma Arif, Leeds City Council’s executive member for public health and active lifestyles, said: “While we can continue to enjoy our festive activities and Christmas plans, we do need to be mindful of our individual and collective responsibilities to protect our friends, families and communities.
“What remains absolutely crucial is that as many people as possible are fully vaccinated as this represents our best defence against both existing strains and any new variants. It is not too late for people who have not yet had their first dose to still access this locally.”
“It is also vital people access the booster vaccine when invited to do so, which not only boosts immunity but provides a higher level of protection than doses one and two.” she added.