Anti vaxxers claiming pandemic is a hoax gather in central London
Hundreds of anti vaxxers claiming pandemic is a hoax gather in central London carrying placards reading ‘My body, my choice’
- Protesters gathered in Parliament Square on Saturday to protest against the UK vaccination rollout
- They claim the coronavirus pandemic is a hoax and reject government restrictions and covid passports
- It comes after Johnson and Johnson’s single dose covid vaccine got the green light for use within the UK
Hundreds of people who claim the coronavirus pandemic is a hoax have gathered in central London to protest against the mass vaccination rollout.
Protesters gathered in Parliament Square on Saturday at a Unite for Freedom rally with some claiming the pandemic is a hoax while others carried placards reading ‘My body, my choice’.
Others held signs which read ‘We do not consent’, ‘You have no power over us’, and ‘we’re not guinea pigs’, and flags.
Protesters held signs reading ‘my body my choice’ and set off smoke bombs at the demonstration in central London
They also protested against the idea of vaccine passports.
It is thought many of the crowd travelled from outside of the capital to take part in the gathering.
Several people set off smoke bombs and one launched a firework.
One man, who did not give his name, told the PA news agency he had come to the capital ‘because I want to be free and I want you to be free and the Government are lying to us.’
Several signs read ‘you have no power over us’, ‘facts not fear’, ‘no to vaccine passports’ and ‘facts not fear’
Several smoke bombs were set off during the protest at Parliament Square and one firework was also launched
Hundreds gathered to protest against the vaccination rollout across the UK and lockdown restrictions
It is thought that no one at the mass gathering was wearing facemasks and some held signs opposing masks
One said they had attended the protest because the press ‘are lying to us’ and they did not believe the government
Another said she had attended because the press ‘are lying to us.’
By lunchtime, the crowd had started to disperse and head to Whitehall.
The protest comes just one day after Johnson and Johnson’s single dose covid vaccine got the green light from the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), three months after it was submitted for approval.
The vaccination will be available later this year.
The approval makes it the fourth coronavirus vaccine to be given the green light in Britain, following ones made by Pfizer, AstraZeneca and Moderna.
All of the other jabs currently being rolled out in Britain require two doses given at least eight weeks apart.
Many held signs protesting against vaccination passports when restrictions lift on June 21
One sign read ‘we’re not guinea pigs’ as part of the protest against vaccinations and government restrictions
One firework was also set off during the protest in Parliament Square on Saturday, and police were at the scene
Several people carried yellow umbrella’s with ‘my choice’ written on them while others carried placards and flags
Social distancing rules were not adhered to during the protest in central London on Saturday and no masks were worn
In April, the European Medicines Agency ruled that the jab should come with a clear warning about a serious blood clotting disorder. It made the same recommendation for AstraZeneca’s jab.
Both vaccines have been linked to serious blood clots that have occurred alongside abnormally low blood platelet count, known as thrombocytopaenia.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock said it was a ‘further boost to the hugely successful vaccination programme, which has already saved over 13,000 lives’.
He added: ‘It means that we now have four safe and effective vaccines approved to help protect people from this awful virus.
‘As it is a single-dose vaccine, it will play an important role in the months to come as we redouble our efforts to encourage everyone to get their jabs and potentially begin a booster programme later this year.’
Several people have said that they do not believe the press or government are telling the truth about the pandemic
The ‘Unite For Freedom’ rally was against vaccinations and government lockdown restrictions due to lift on June 21
Several protesters had smoke bombs which they set off in Parliament Square as part of their demonstration
A woman holds a sign reading ‘we do not consent – reclaim your freedom’ while others carry flags in the background
A man holds a sign reading ‘I’m not anti mask you are anti face’ while others sit as part of the protest and wave flags
As well as placards, demonstrators also carried flags in Parliament Square representing different areas in the UK
Earlier this month, MailOnline reported that surge testing was being carried out in Bolton, Greater Manchester, and the London Borough of Hackney over concerns related to the Indian variant.
But, figures showed that most Covid-19 patients in Bolton hospitals alone had not taken up the offer of a vaccine and up to 10,000 vulnerable people had also still not been jabbed.
They cited reasons for refusing the vaccine including fear of needles, government conspiracy theories and concern over potential blood clots.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been urged by Tory MPs to not delay the roadmap to freedom on June 21 for the sake of people who have been offered a jab and refused.
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