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Experts have said "COVID-19 is no longer a disease of the vaccinated" and hospital ICU beds are disproportionately burdened by those who have refused the Covid jab. It costs around £30 to double jab someone with the Pfizer vaccine compared to £650-a-night to keep a patient alive in ICU. In 2020/21 the cost of treating Covid patients totalled £7.8billion according to the NHS confederation.
In a poll of 9,699 people, held from December 6 to 8, 62 percent of voters said those who are eligible for the vaccine but refuse it and end up needing Covid health care should be forced to front the bill.
Express reader Peppa said: "Yes they should. Why should we pay for their selfish attitudes?"
Another reader going by 'UK lad' remarked: "I think they should pay for their care if they catch Covid yes, the NHS is stretched as it is, it's either that or the UK follows in Austria's footsteps and makes it compulsory to have the vaccines."
Sir Walter Raleigh went so far as to say: "Vaccinations should be mandatory."
As of December 5, 89 percent of over 12-year-olds in the UK have had their first dose of the Covid vaccine, 81 percent have had their second dose, and 20 million boosters have been administered.
.Parjam Zolfaghari, a Consultant in Intensive Care Medicine and Anaesthesia at Barts Health NHS Trust, said a person with Covid stays in an ICU bed for three times longer than ICU patients who are admitted with other conditions.
He said nearly 90 percent of patients in ICUs with Covid in many hospitals across London aren't fully vaccinated.
If hospitalisations rise over winter, as they are expected to, it is feared that extra restrictions will be put in place - whether they will be enforced on everyone or the unvaccinated only is uncertain.
Germany and Austria have enforced lockdowns on the unvaccinated in a bid to encourage vaccine uptake and protect the vulnerable.
Of the 38 percent of voters who said antivaxxers should not be forced to pay for their Covid care, many took part in a furious rant in the comments section.
Reader 'Marc10' said: "What a stupid question, just to cause a split in the population. Everyone has the human right to say NO."
Some people believe that the freedom to refuse the vaccine should not impact your British right to free health care.
Joshua Toyn, 24, a pharmaceutical sales rep said: "I've had my first dose and will get my second, but making people pay for medical treatment if they've refused it goes against the founding set of values of the NHS; 'access to NHS services based on clinical need, not an individual's ability to pay'."
But Professor John Ashton, former regional director of public health for the North West of England, said taking the vaccine is
"not about civil rights, it's about winning the battle with this virus and not throwing in the towel".
Speaking on Good Morning Britain he added:
"There are still millions of people who are not double vaccinated in the UK, and that's a problem because the virus is still circulating, and while the virus is circulating, there is the potential for more mutations."
Many disgruntled Express.co.uk readers argued if antivaxxers had to pay for Covid treatment, then the obese should pay for obesity-related treatments, smokers should pay for cancer treatment, and reckless drivers should pay for any crash injury treatment.
( John Bellamy Comments - Being obese or a smoker or even a bad driver does not carry with it the threat that you can infect others and kill hem. It is NOT the same argument at all. )
Jep said: "That would open up a minefield. Should smokers pay for their healthcare. Or overweight people. Where would you stop?"
John Bellamy Comments
I have had all the shots offered, even the Flu jab and even a Pneumonia jab, and the more I read about how over 70% of people in hospital with Covid are unvaccinated - is it time we started charging these people for the hospital stay and all that it costs, as they were informed, they were educated, they were given an opportunity and if they - for whatever reason, decide to go against the grain - and do their own thing, well that is absolutely fine by me, but if you make me ill, and if you make others ill, and if you end up ill yourself then I have very little sympathy for you as you are responsible - and you are no better than Typhoid Mary - (scroll down the page) - and decades ago if someone deliberately had unsafe sex KNOWING they were HIV Positive and they passed it to another, THEY ENDED UP IN JAIL AS THEY HAD COMMITTED A SLOW MURDER BY INFECTING SOMEONE ELSE - and back then, it WAS a death sentence.
One young friend several decades ago was deliberately infected by an older bitter and angry man when he was just 16 and he personally became a very VERY angry young man. The guy who infected him deliberately , - died a while later and - I cannot say I blame him one little bit - he graffitied his grave stone with THIS MAN DIED OF AIDS - HE ALSO DELIBERATELY INFECTED ME WITH AIDS - HE MURDERED ME .
There was nothing the family could do as by the time they saw the graffiti he was long gone and if nothing else, they learned that their family member wasn't quite the nice guy they had thought and that he was- in fact - a murderer.
The boy did when he was 24.
We must ALL take responsibility and not just for yourself as that is self centred and selfish, but for anyone around us.
Mary Mallon (September 23, 1869 – November 11, 1938), also known as Typhoid Mary, was an Irish-born American cook believed to have infected 53 people with typhoid fever, three of whom died, and the first person in the United States identified as an asymptomatic carrier of the disease pathogen, Salmonella typhi. Because she persisted in working as a cook, by which she exposed others to the disease, she was twice forcibly quarantined by authorities, eventually for the final two decades of her life. Mallon died after a total of nearly 30 years in isolation
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As you’re probably aware, the government has announced that England is moving to ‘Plan B' in response to the risks of the Omicron variant of COVID 19. You might be wondering what that means for tradespeople working inside your home – especially if work is due to start soon. Here's all you need to know about hiring a tradesperson to work in your home safely and legally.
Can I still have a tradesperson inside my home in England?
Yes. It has been confirmed that tradespeople can continue to enter other people's homes to carry out work, including repairs, maintenance and any other home improvements. Our tradespeople are following government safety advice to keep you both safe while undertaking work. The only change that really impacts trade work is that from 10th December, face coverings will be required by law in most indoor settings. It is recommended that you wear a face covering when people who don’t live in your home enter it, and that you request that anyone coming in should do the same.
How can I stay safe while a tradesperson is working inside my home?
Before a tradesperson arrives at your home, chat to them about how the work will be done with social distancing and hygiene measures in mind. Prepare your home by opening windows and doors to help air circulate and save them needing to touch door handles. After they leave, disinfect any handrails and surfaces they may have come Into contact with. Let the tradesperson know if you or another member of your household develop any coronavirus symptoms at any time, both during and after the job's done.
You can check the latest government guidelines here.