Chris Whitty has denounced the “ridiculous” and “weird” vaccine myths spread by pop star Nicki Minaj.
The chief medical officer said those who spread lies about the COVID vaccine should be “shamed” at a press conference this afternoon.
This comes after the rapper said that a friend of his cousin’s got the jab and that his “testicles are swollen” – so may not be getting the vaccine himself.
In response to the spread of misinformation on highly successful and life-saving vaccines, Chris Whitty told TODAY: “There are some people with strange beliefs and that’s okay, people are adults. They’re allowed to make their own choices.
“But there are also people who are trying to discourage other people from getting a vaccine that could be life-saving or prevent them from getting life-changing injuries themselves.
“And a lot of them. I’m sorry to say, I think they know they’re preaching untruths but they do it nonetheless.
“I think they should be ashamed.”
Responding to reporters’ question, Boris Johnson: “I’m not as familiar with Nicki Minaj’s work as I probably should be, but I’m familiar with Bexley’s superstar GP, Nicki Canaan.
“She will tell you that vaccines are wonderful and that everyone should get them.
“So I like to listen to Nikki Canaanite.”
Nicki Minaj has recently stirred up her opinion on the Kovid vaccine.
Noting that she knew of someone who claimed a poor reaction to the vaccine, she wrote: “My cousin in Trinidad won’t get the vaccine because her friend got it and became impotent. His testicles were swollen.
“It was a few weeks before her friend got married, now the girl has annulled the wedding.
“So just pray on it and make sure you’re comfortable with your decision, not bullied.”
After this, she told on Twitter on Monday that she will not attend The Met Gala because she is refusing to get her Kovid vaccine.
The 38-year-old told her fans: “They want you to get vaccinated for the season. If I get vaccinated it won’t be for the season.
“This will happen when I feel like I’ve done enough research. I’m working on that right now.
“Meanwhile, my darlings, be safe. Wear a 2-string mask that holds your head and face in place. Not too loose.”
It comes as Boris Johnson warned that work-from-home masks and even vaccine passports could be returned under the government’s winter Covid plan.
The PM unveiled a “toolbox” of stringent contingency measures that can be put in place at short notice to stem a new spike.
Speaking at a Downing Street briefing he was optimistic that his plan would “give us confidence that we don’t need to go back to the lockdowns of the past”.
But gloomy top docs warned of a winter boom as students return to schools and the NHS grapples with its usual seasonal stress.
Prof Chris Whitty warned: “Winter is coming, and people must still take it seriously.”
Mr Johnson said Britain’s jabs rollout had put the country in a stronger position to weather the colder months.
The PM said: “The result of this vaccination campaign is that we have one of the freest societies and one of the most open economies in Europe.
in major covid events:
- Government unveiled a five-point Plan A that focused on jabs, testing and border control
- Another national lockdown to crack down on new forms of anxiety was not ruled out
- Vaccine passports can still be used for indoor settings such as nightclubs and pubs
- Those over 50 and the most vulnerable will be given a booster shot from this autumn
- Prof Chris Whitty Says Anti-Vaxers Like Nicki Minaj Spreading Misinformation “should Be Shame”
“That’s why we stick to our strategy. In short, we’ll keep going.”
Earlier Health Secretary Sajid Javid outlined the government’s ephemeral Plan A to keep the virus at bay as the NHS enters its seasonal boom.
This includes a vaccine booster blitz, test and trace, pumping £5 billion into the NHS for the next six months, a flu jab campaign and putting in place strong border controls.
But Mr Javid, speaking in the Commons, also revealed the government’s Plan B in case hospitals are at risk.
He told MPs: “We’ve seen how quickly this virus can adapt and change, so we’ve devised a plan B of contingency measures, which we can only call when there is data to stop the continued pressure on the NHS.” required and supported.”
These include making face masks legally mandatory in crowded settings, emphasizing the need to take precautions, and ordering people to work from home.
While hated vaccine passports will be put on hold for now – Mr Javid warned he could suddenly be presented with a week’s notice.
Then all nightclubs, any indoor venue with more than 500 people, any outdoor setting with more than 1,000 people would require COVID certification.
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