Backlash after MP says politicians should be prioritised for vaccine – ‘Appalling idea!’

Vaccine: ‘Strong possibility’ of 24-hour jabs says expert

Conservative MP Steve Brine suggested MPs and core parliamentary staff should be considered for priority once the most vulnerable have received the jab. The former health minister insisted the move would “get our democracy back”, warning that Parliament “is a shadow”.

He told The Telegraph: “We should do MPs and core house staff as well so we can get our democracy back – and we’d be up for that any time of day or night.

“Parliament is a shadow, at best, of itself and it’s never been more important we can ask questions.

“Good policy comes through scrutiny, in my experience.”

However, the idea sparked a backlash from some on Twitter.

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One user commented: “Absolutely not. It would be a catastrophic move.”

Another wrote: “There are many frontline essential key workers who deserve the vaccine first.”

A third posted: “As usual, MPs putting themselves first.”

Another added: “Appalling idea.”

A fifth commented: “Read the room for crying out loud!!”

Another wrote: “You’ve got to be kidding!!!!”

One more said: “No way!!!!” has contacted Mr Brine for further comment.

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It comes as Boris Johnson is set to be grilled on the rollout of the coronavirus vaccine.

The Prime Minister will be questioned by MPs on the liaison committee this afternoon.

Vaccines minister Nadhim Zahawi and health bosses will also be quizzed by the Commons science and technology committee.

Some 2.4 million people in the UK have received their first jab, according to the latest NHS figures.

Meanwhile, 45,533 new coronavirus cases and 1,243 further deaths were reported on Tuesday.

There have been calls for 24/7 vaccination centres in a bid to speed up the process.

Speaking at a Downing Street press conference on Tuesday, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said: “We’ll do this if it’s needed, absolutely we will do whatever it takes to get this vaccine rolled out as fast as possible.

“The thing is that if both the person doing the vaccination and the person being vaccinated would both prefer for that to happen in the middle of the day, rather than the middle of the night, then that’s probably when we should do it.”

He said there would be some groups where a 24/7 model may be the best approach but added: “Our attitude on the vaccine rollout is whatever it takes to do this as fast and safely possible.”

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