Thursday, 29 Jul 2021

Poll: Should anti-vaxxers who end up in ICU with Covid pay their own medical bills?

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Spain is suffering through a fifth wave of Covid which is ravaging the country. A huge 70 percent of over 50-year-old Covid patients admitted to ICU have not taken the vaccine, Spanish radio Cadena SER reports. Spanish people are arguing that the financial consequence of becoming ill with Covid should be placed onto those who refused the vaccine instead of coming out of the taxpayers’ purse.

It costs around £30 to double jab someone with the Pfizer vaccine compared to £650 a night to keep a patient alive in ICU.

A nurse in one of the largest hospitals in Barcelona told Spanish radio station La Cadena SER: “If the pandemic is prolonged by people like this, let them pay.” wants to find out whether Britons echo the Spanish sentiment. If someone refuses the vaccine and becomes very ill from Covid, is their care a fair burden to put on NHS staff?

Rory Hinshelwood a 23-year-old master’s student told “The vaccine is critical for reducing hospitalisations and mitigating the spread of the virus. I think everyone must do their part and combat it together. It’s all a major strain on NHS funding and could be effectively nipped in the bud by people getting nipped in the arm.”

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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’.”

Graphic design student Tommelise Peters, 21, told “If you were to apply that logic, you’d have to apply it to all self-inflicted illnesses such as those related to obesity, smoking, drinking and even potentially driving collisions deemed your fault. This would be a dangerous way for the NHS to become quickly privatised.”

Over the past few months there have been protests in London against the Covid vaccine, yesterday more than one hundred gathered in Parliament Square to oppose the government vaccination programme.

Government figures show that individuals aged 16-34 are twice as likely to not get vaccinated compared to those aged 55-75.

YouGov conducted a study in January 2021 which reported that 11 percent of British citizens will refuse to take the vaccine, and around 2 percent identify as ‘antivax’.

When asked whether Covid vaccination should be mandatory 40 percent of Britons said they should, and the British were second most likely to take the vaccine out of 24 countries.

The most dominant reason people give for rejecting the Covid vaccine is waiting to see if it is safe.

But what’s your opinion? Let us know in the poll or comments section.

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