Jeremy Corbyn refuses to clarify if he's received vaccine
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The 72-year-old former Labour leader took a stand against revealing his medical records when asked by LBC’s Iain Dale if has received the Covid vaccine. Jeremy Corbyn explained he has previously taken a vow to not discuss his personal health. This has since infuriated Brits and political commentators.
Mr Corbyn told LBC: “Because some years ago I was asked some extremely unpleasant questions about my health. In other words, the health between my ears.
“They were extremely rude and extremely intrusive questions and they were nasty and they were wrong.
“So I took a vow at that point that I would not discuss my personal health with anybody, even you Iain.”
Mr Dale noted that while it is “perfectly fair”, he added: “You are a thought leader, you’re a former leader of a political party. Your words count.
“If you say to people I’ve taken the vaccine, I think you should too, I suspect there would be people out there who would take notice.”
Mr Corbyn continued: “I have been to my local community centres and our local mosque that was opened for people to get vaccines who haven’t got any appointments because many people…don’t have a GP.
“I’ve supported the campaign to get vaccinations locally and I will continue to do that.”
Andrew Pierce has since hit out at Mr Corbyn’s comments.
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He wrote on Twitter: “Shamefully Jeremy Corbyn aged 72 refused to tell Iain Dale on LBC whether he’s been vaccinated.
“His Islington constituency has one of worst take-up rates. He should lead by example.”
Editor Jack Mendel added: “Whatever one thinks of his political views, Jeremy Corbyn has a lot of influence, and should be encouraging people to get the vaccine.
“His unwillingness to say whether he has been vaccinated is quite selfish. One would assume he has been.”
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It comes as all adults in England should be able to book their first Covid-19 vaccine by the end of the week, health leaders have suggested.
Sir Simon Stevens said that the NHS would “finish the job” of the Covid-19 vaccination programme to the “greatest extent possible” over the next four weeks during the extension of lockdown.
He said that just 1 percent of hospital beds in England are occupied by patients with Covid-19.
And the average age of people in hospital has “flipped” thanks to the vaccination programme – now there are more younger people seeking care who typically have better outcomes.
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