Monday 28 November 2022
Select a region
News

Health Minister hopes vaccination legislation won’t be necessary

Health Minister hopes vaccination legislation won’t be necessary

Tuesday 05 May 2020

Health Minister hopes vaccination legislation won’t be necessary

Tuesday 05 May 2020


The Health Minister is hoping islanders will eventually choose to be vaccinated against covid-19 “voluntarily” rather than having to introduce a law forcing them to do so.

Deputy Richard Renouf said local laws do not currently give him the power to force vaccinations.

While he indicated that no such law is being developed at the moment, he stated in a press conference on Friday: "It may need to come to a place where we do consider that."

VIdeo: The Health Minister didn't rule out the idea of using law to ensure people are being vaccinated.

The UK government has given £22.5m to the Imperial College London and £20m to Oxford University to fund the development of a covid-19 vaccine.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock previously touted the idea of compulsory vaccinations for state school pupils in a bid to tackle falling rates. 

Jersey’s Health Minister is however hoping he won’t have to force people to get vaccinated against the virus and that islanders will “voluntarily come for their own protection to receive that vaccine”.

“I hope we wouldn’t need to legislate for it, which is the position with all the other vaccines,” he said. 

“We have a very good take-up in Jersey, the island responds well to appeals to keep our immune levels up and I home the same may happen with Covid.”

hmrenouf.jpg

Pictured: The Health Minister Deputy Richard Renouf.

While a vaccine might not be available for quite some time, the Government started easing lockdown on Saturday in a bid to preserve islanders’ mental and physical health and wellbeing as well as the local economy.

The ‘Safe Exit Framework’ will be implemented in stages, following medical advice.

“Undoubtedly, we will see an increase (in cases) because that is a consequence of greater movement of people,” the Health Minister said. “That will mean more people in hospital and, sadly, an increase in the number of deaths.”

Sign up to newsletter

 

Comments

Comments on this story express the views of the commentator only, not Bailiwick Publishing. We are unable to guarantee the accuracy of any of those comments.

Once your comment has been submitted, it won’t appear immediately. There is no need to submit it more than once. Comments are published at the discretion of Bailiwick Publishing, and will include your username.

Posted by Jon Jon on
It’s a big IF a vaccine is found to deal with this virus,somehow I doubt it,as for saying the amount of people contracting this virus will increase ,I’m not sure,people will still be wary about going out to shops,restaurants,bars etc when the lockdown eases.
Posted by Michael Bisson on
The health minister is getting well ahead of himself. This is a coronavirus - so is the common cold - and nobody has developed a vaccine which prevents that. There are flu vaccines, but they are by no means sufficiently effective to contemplate forcing people to have them. And how about the 100,000-plus tests to see if people have contracted Covid-19 and are immune. There is considerable disagreement among scientists and medical professionals as to whether the tests work, and, even if they do, whether they reveal any true immunity. Sadly there is the prospect of Covid-19 coming back year after year. The truth is that nobody knows, so even to hint at compulsory vaccination in the future is irresponsible in the extreme.
Posted by Simon Berry on
When, and if, a safe vaccine is available it should be compulsory. If not, there are so many conspiracy nuts who blame 5G, Trump or eating Chinese food for Covid it could spread when they refuse it. Worse still, they wouldn't allow their children to be vaccinated either, tantamount to child abuse in my opinion.
Posted by Keith Marsh on
There is no doubt, that there has been a vast increase in traffic over the past few days, which will in all probability show an increase in virus spread { part of the Government plan } and confirmed cases [ IF we ever get down to SERIOUS testing ] People must still be careful as this killer is out there and dangerous.
Posted by William Boyd on
There must be a law making it compulsory. I don't mind people refusing vaccinations which are for non transmittabke diseases. If they want to go about unprotected and harm themselves fine but I don't want to breathe the same air they have exhaled.
Posted by Scott Mills on
I thought we where living in North Korea for a moment. How on earth is a vaccination going to be conjured up so quickly. Did Bill Gates write this article...he wants to vaccinate the world and add a bit of nano tech to it. As for relaxing the lockdown, they want us out and about to trigger the 2nd wave, do they think we are thick? meanwhile in UK they slowly taking down their nightingale hospitals, while ours are getting a royal opening. A monty python sketch is right there. Called Backwards.
Posted by Private Individual on
I am utterly disgusted that the government are proposing to force people into having an unknown cocktail of chemicals forced into their bodies against their will.

I for one will fight every step of the way to prevent this from happening. This government is turning into a totalitarian dictatorship, who have no right to even suggest that a law will be brought in to force people to have a substance injected into them and not know what the content of it is. They are trying to remove people's free will and choice that is the benchmark of democracy.

The government is a hypocrite for allowing people to come and work on the new hospital without being quarantined and without being tested for the Covid 19 virus whilst still allowing children to go to school and mix with other students where no social distancing is being adhered too.

Renouf's suggestion that a law might have to be created to force people to have the vaccine is against our human rights. What will you legislate on next? Forced marriages, or perhaps they will decide which car we can drive. People have the right to decide what they wish to do or not to do. I will not be forced into injecting an unknown and untested chemical into my body, it is an assault against my person and freedom of choice.

I am outraged at the government's suggestion it is a highly aggressive invasive attack on our personal freedoms and democracy.
Posted by William Boyd on
There must be a law making it compulsory. I don't mind people refusing vaccinations which are for non transmittabke diseases. If they want to go about unprotected and harm themselves fine but I don't want to breathe the same air they have exhaled.
To place a comment please login

You have landed on the Bailiwick Express website, however it appears you are based in . Would you like to stay on the site, or visit the site?