Dr Hilary blasts ‘snowflakes’ as 1 in 5 under 30s say they’ll refuse Covid jab

GOOD Morning Britain's Dr Hilary Jones has blasted younger age groups after a survey revealed one in five under 30s would refuse the coronavirus vaccine.

The breakfast show's resident doctor dubbed the age group as "snowflakes" during a segment this morning.

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Millions of Brits have now received both a first and second dose of the coronavirus vaccine.

The under 30s are set to be the next group to be offered the Covid jab.

Younger age groups were last on the priority list, allowing the elderly and most vulnerable to have their shots first.

Dr Hilary this morning said fears needed to be addressed in order to tackle vaccine hesitancy after a GMB poll found that 20 per cent of under 30s either don't plan to have the jab, or are still undecided.

He said that people needed to get the jab, not just to protect themselves but also to protect others and added that he would support a ban on younger age groups attending big events if they haven't had their vaccine.

"There are all sorts of implications but the way forward is education, patient education, answering questions, asking what the fears are that are making people hesitant", he said.

Asked by co-host Richard Madeley if he believed we were living with a snowflake generation, DrHilary said: "Yeah, basically."

Dr Hilary said his son had been to Twickenham on Bank Holiday Monday to get his vaccine with hundreds of other young people after they put out a call for anyone over the age of 18 to get their jab.

He said: "We have had people on this programme, children with cancer. They don't respond to the vaccine, they can't be protected, but they can still be made very vulnerable by people who say "no I don't want it, unless I go on holiday I'm not going to have it".

Dr Hilary said that it was "extraordinary" that in the middle of a pandemic people were more concerned about going on holiday than their health.

He added: "It's distrust of government, it's fear of the unknown. They haven't lived with infection killing hundreds of children."

Madeley said the vaccine is a preventative measure and compared it to wearing a seat belt in a car, in that it doesn't just protect you, but protects others who you might be travelling with.

Dr Hilary said in the event of a crash emergency services would need to treat you, and explained that the same things apply to vaccination.

"If somebody refuses vaccination and becomes ill, presumably they expect the right to be treated by national health staff who are themselves putting their selves at risks by treating you.

"They are putting people at risk, they may not get symptomatic disease."

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Sun columnist Dr Zoe Williams previously warned people to put off their second dose of the vaccine and said if you have had your call then you shouldn't hesitate to book your slot.

She did however, say how she understands why some people are hesitant to take it and why they may be concerned.

"What is important is that we recognise the distinction between those people who are “anti-vaxxers” and those ­people who are just hesitant. Vaccine hesitancy is an ­appropriate term and in no way a derogatory one. 

"If you are a bit unsure and have questions, it is only right and important that you ask them".

 

She added: "The long and short of it is, I recommend that my patients, friends and family get the vaccine when they are offered it.

"I find that for most of those in a high-risk group, it’s a no-brainer."

Dr Zoe said that in some cases it had been people who were not yet eligibile who were more reserved.

"But by the time their opportunity comes along, I expect they will feel more confident", she said.

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