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Andrew Pierce questions how to lockdown the unvaccinated

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During an episode of Jeremy Vine, which aired on November 18, the Channel 5 host discussed the latest news headlines with Daily Mail editor Andrew Pierce and journalist Yasmin Ab. One of the main topics of discussion was about whether unvaccinated people should be forced to go into lockdown in the UK.

The discussion comes after it was reported that the number of COVID-19 cases in Austria had increased.

And so in a bid to stop the virus from spreading, the Austrian government decided to put a national lockdown on the people who chose not to have the vaccine.

This means that unvaccinated people have to stay in their homes unless they need to go food shopping, they have to go to work, or if they are under the age of 12.

Jeremy went on to ask his guests whether they thought the same rule should apply in the UK.

The segment sparked outrage with some viewers, with many objecting to the discussion about lockdowns for unvaccinated people.

In total, 345 complained to TV watchdog Ofcom about the segment.

Viewers also felt angered about Andrew’s comment about being 32,000 times more likely to die from Covid if you are unvaccinated.

Yasmin began the discussion by pointing out the UK needs to learn from Spain as their infection rate is lower.

Chipping into the conversation, Andrew said: “I have a lot of sympathy for what they are going to do in Austria because I can’t believe for the life of me why people believe this rubbish on the internet.

“The anti-vax propaganda. It is deranged. We know the figures from the Office of National statistics say, what is it? ‘Your 32,000 times more likely to die if you’ve not been double-jabbed from Covid’.

“There is no possible reason unless you’ve got underlying health symptoms not to have the jab.

“But my worry about doing it is, how do you enforce it?”

He continued: “Are you going to stop everybody in the street? Who is going to stop people?

“We don’t have enough police officers on the beat anyway. So, how would you make it work in Britain?”

Jeremy went on to reply: “You’d rely on snitches, wouldn’t you Storm? It worked in lockdown.”

“I think if anyone was having parties this would work,” Storm Huntley explained.

The segment sparked an uproar from viewers, and many took to social media at the time to share their thoughts.

In response to Andrew’s comments, Babs raged: “I’d be interested to find out your source for the stat that unvaccinated people are 32,000 times more likely to die from Covid as it’s certainly not one I’ve come across?” (sic)

Hex penned: “I got Covid, no vaccine, I was fine. Tell me again why I need a vaccine when I have natural immunity and why should I be locked down? This is absolute BS.” (sic)

While Diana added: “Ofcom is a great tool, I recommend people start using it!”

“This is not a normal conversation, why are you not condemning this lunacy,” Mark said.

“Unvaccinated DOES NOT MEAN THEY HAVE COVID! You’re talking about locking down millions of healthy people for no reason!”

Lindsey refused to watch the show, as she tweeted: “I am not watching this show anymore. I thought it was unbiased. It Isn’t. It doesn’t present both sides of the argument. I don’t like the way we unvaccinated are being presented as something to be feared. It is too one-sided. We are not all conspiracy people we are just normal!” (sic)

Jeremy Vine airs weekdays at 9.15am on Channel 5.

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