Bizarre footage out of the UK shows British Health Secretary Sajid Javid pressuring a vaccinated reporter to get a third Covid jab.
In the clip shared by Sky News, Javid speaks with chief political correspondent Jon Craig, who notifies the health minister he’s lacking his third booster shot.
“Have you got boosted yet?” Javid asked Craig, who responded he was waiting the recommended six months to get his next shot.
Watch as Health Secretary @sajidjavid persuades Sky’s chief political correspondent @joncraig to get his booster jab while the pair were preparing for an interview at St Thomas’ Hospital vaccination centre.
— Sky News (@SkyNews) November 29, 2021
”But under the new rule you’ll be OK. Come back here later this week,” Javid told him, referring to changes in the vaccine booster program he announced last week in response to the Omicron variant that now allow booster shots after three months.
″In fact, they might give it to you now if you walk in,” Javid added, pointing to a nearby vaccination center.
“Yeah, just do it,” the health secretary continued urging Craig, adding, “Can you make me a promise? Make me a promise. Just go do it now.”
After Craig indicated he’d come back later because he was currently on assignment, Javid said he’d “tell the [Sky News] office” as he offered to accompany the reporter to the vaccine station.
“Come on, I’ll walk in with you, come on. Let’s do it. You ready?”
The footage ends with Javid and Craig walking toward a vaccine tent.
The interaction was criticized on social media, with many complaining the health secretary’s pleadings were too pushy, while others claimed it was staged.
Looks like something that would normally be staged in countries like North Korea!
— Chris Horner (@Chris_Horner1) November 29, 2021
This is creepy
— Dominique Samuels (@DominiqueTaegon) November 30, 2021
This is so beautiful, it warms my inflamed and enlarged heart
— Will (@MisterB3) November 30, 2021
This is sickening.
Intrusive, pushy, and outright inappropriate from the Health Secretary.
As for Sky, you call this journalism?!
— Calvin (@calvinrobinson) November 30, 2021
You do remember that we all saw you admit, on this very platform, that you are working with the Behavioural Insights Team (aka the “nudge” unit) don’t you @SkyNews?
If that isn’t a “nudge” I don’t know what is!
— David McCarter (@davidmccarter88) November 29, 2021
I fear deeply for my kids future. This is just wrong on all levels. Talking like there considering going for a pint after work.
— Boxing Man (@Boxing200IQ) November 29, 2021
Don’t wanna sound like tin foil hat brigade but that seemed a bit sinister to me 👀
— Mr ℝAℕ₮Y 😤 (@rantymcmoanface) November 30, 2021
Had my second jab in September and ever since had chest pains now under diagnosis of myocarditis no booster for me
— Joshua Chandler (@Fairgroundking1) November 29, 2021
Can’t have a booster for 6 months… the rules have change, get one now. pic.twitter.com/BHtWYM0Oc7
— Simon James Rayfield (@SimonJRayfield) November 30, 2021
Sky News score a few more brownie points with the govt for engaging in that theatrical charade.
— Kenny Edwards (@KennyEdw) November 29, 2021