The prime minister has described opponents of vaccines as “nuts”, encouraging people to get the jab to help “protect the NHS”.
“There’s all these anti-vaxxers now. They are nuts, they are nuts,” Boris Johnson told nurses at a GP surgery in London.
The PM was speaking as the government announced an expansionof its winter flu vaccination programme, intending to double the number of people who have the jab.
There will be free vaccinations for those aged over 50 and 11-year-olds.
This is on top of at-risk groups such as people with asthma, heart disease and diabetes, and anyone living with somebody on the COVID-19 shielded list.
Mr Johnson said getting the jab is something that can help to “protect the NHS”, adding he wants “everybody” to get the jab.