Posted by Richard Willet Posted on 23 September 2020

Health Minister ‘would not rule out’ introducing mandatory coronavirus vaccine scheme in Wales

Health Minister Vaughan Gething has said he ”wouldn’t rule out” introducing a mandatory coronavirus vaccine scheme in Wales when one becomes available.

Speaking on ITV Wales’ political programme Sharp End, the minister said the Welsh Government are considering a range of options for delivering the vaccine. Gething said mandating a vaccination was at the ”more extreme end” of those options.

He said: ”I don’t think it’s sensible for any politician to rule out possible options because we can’t tell where we’re going to be in a month let alone six months or a year.”

In order for a vaccination to be effective it needs to be taken up by a large proportion of the population, but Gething said he believes most people in Wales will volunteer to receive the it. Gething said: ”I actually think we’ll see high levels of take up and as you know we need to have high levels of take up to provide protection for the whole population.”

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