England’s chief medical officer said he has been left ‘saddened’ by the proportion of unvaccinated patients in intensive care.
Speaking at a Downing Street news conference, Professor Sir Chris Whitty said ‘the great majority’ of those who were in intensive care and had not been jabbed were ‘not anti-vaxxers in the ordinary sense with some really weird ideas’ but had been taken advantage of by those seeking to misinform them online.
Sir Chris said ‘misinformation’ on the internet, ‘a lot of it deliberately placed’, about potential side effects from jabs was fuelling fears about whether Covid-19 was important enough to warrant vaccination, leading to vaccine hesitancy.
Whitty also claimed that people were being misled as to whether the vaccines were effective against the disease.
‘Insofar as I am frustrated it is simply people deliberately trying to scare away fellow citizens from something that is potentially going to be life-saving for them,’ he said.
‘In the end, it is the job of health professionals not to get frustrated but simply to say, look, let’s go through all of your questions properly and systematically and say which ones are fair and which ones as in many cases, are really completely untrue.’