The majority of respondents to Piers’ tweet were in full agreement with him.
One Twitter user supported Piers by writing: “Well said! Anybody who refuses I want nowhere near me or my family!”
Several NHS staff also piped up to echo Piers comments – with many speaking about their own experiences.
“So very true,” one wrote. “I can’t understand anybody not willing to take the vaccine. I worked for the NHS for 19 years and retired last year – in the home where I worked 18 residents lost their lives through COVID.”
Another contributed: “As an NHS staff member I absolutely agree. Thankfully everyone in my department has done the responsible thing and got vaccinated. Not just for themselves, but to protect each other and any patients/visitors to the hospital. Asymptomatic COVID is risk to all unvaccinated.”
Someone else added: “When I started nursing many moons ago, they wouldn’t even let students loose on the wards without being fully vaccinated against hepatitis, etc. I realise this is a new vaccine, but the principle, to me, remains the same. Protect yourself and others, or don’t do the job!”
“As an ex NHS staff member I agree completely. It’s called duty of care,” stated a fourth person.
And a fifth said: “I am an NHS employee and was there for my vaccine as soon as I was invited. Now had both doses. Also had COVID and believe me I don’t want that again. Never felt so ill and really wondered at one point would I get better.”
How anti-vaxxers replied to Piers
But not everyone agreed. Among the posts from conspiracy theorists, there were people who tweeted they could understand some objections.
“Sorry can’t agree with you here,” one person wrote. “It is every individual’s decision which must be respected.”
Another person claimed: “I understand what you are saying but some people are naturally sceptical about a COVID-19 vaccine with a quick release date.”
And a third responded angrily: “I’m NHS staff, haven’t had the jab for reasons which have got sweet fa to do with being selfish or being an anti vaxxer. I’ve worked for the last year on reduced money, been told I can’t take holidays, been shafted left right and centre. But ok I will quit because Piers said so.”
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