Anti-vaxxers today marched through London demanding ‘don’t jab our kids’ and ‘my body my choice’ as they danced and shouted through megaphones.
Hundreds of demonstrators were seen marching by Hyde Park Corner on Saturday as they protested against mandatory vaccination passports and the vaccination of children.
Protesters held signs reading ‘healthy children don’t need a Covid-19 vaccine’, ‘children should not be subject to an experiment’, and ‘no to the vax passport’.
It comes after the school rollout of jabs for children aged 12 to 15 was given the go ahead last month.
Activists have in the past fortnight targeted schools, screeching at pupils in Manchester, London, Leicester, Liverpool, Lichfield and Telford not to take the jabs. Teaching unions have called for teachers to receive police support.
And last night, Health Secretary Sajid Javid has condemned the ‘appalling’ protesters targeting pupils and teachers, saying their misinformation was ‘irresponsible, dangerous and costing lives’.
Anti-vaxxers today marched through London demanding ‘don’t jab our kids’ and ‘my body my choice’ as they danced and shouted through megaphones
Protesters danced to songs warning against taking the jab during an anti-vaxx rally in west London on Saturday
A demonstrator holds a sign criticising the government’s vaccine passport scheme during a rally against Covid-19 jabs for children on Saturday
A protester carried a sign wrongly claiming 1,698 people have died as a result of the vaccine during an anti-vaxx rally in London on Saturday
Protesters branding the Covid-19 vaccine an ‘experimental drug’ attended a rally in London on Saturday as they called for an end to mandatory vaccines for children
Two women protesters demonstrate against Covid-19 vaccines for children during a rally in west London on Saturday
A protester hands out leaflets to motorists during an anti-vaxx rally calling for an end to vaccinations for children in west London on Saturday
Several protesters carried signs touting unsubstantiated conspiracy theories – including separate claims either 1,698 or 38,438 people have died from the vaccine.
Others handed leaflets to motorists while walking through traffic around west London, many gathering at Hyde Park Corner.
It comes as Britain’s Covid crisis continued to grow on Saturday as officials recorded the highest daily Covid case total for three months.
Department of Health bosses posted 43,423 new coronavirus infections today, up 24.2 per cent on last Saturday’s total of 34,950.
The number of people dying with the virus also increased, with 148 victims recorded today. It was up 11.3 per cent on the 133 recorded last weekend.
And hospitalisations also spiked by 12 per cent to 915 on Tuesday, the latest date data is available for. It was the highest daily admissions since September 15, when they reached 946 .
An anti-vaxx protester attends rally in west London on Saturday in a shirt reading ‘I’ve had booster no 35, yay!’
Anti-vaxx protesters gather at Hyde Park Corner for a march against mandatory vaccinations for children on Saturday
Protesters used street signs to get a better view of the demonstration as they handed out anti-vaxx fliers in London on Saturday
Protesters carrying placards reading ‘my body, my choice’ gathered in west London to demonstrate against mandatory vaccines on Saturday
A protester holds up a sign reading ‘in a time of deceit and coercion, revolution is a duty’ at an anti-vaxx rally in London on Saturday
Protesters from People for the People meet at Hyde Park Corner ahead of a rally against mandatory vaccines for children on Saturday
A protester demonstrating against mandatory vaccines for children hands out leaflets to motorists during a rally on London
Anti-vaxxers are becoming ever more emboldened and extreme — with tragic consequences.
Doctors recently raised the alarm at the mounting numbers of unvaccinated pregnant women in intensive care with Covid-19.
Astonishingly, nearly a fifth of patients requiring the NHS’s most intensive life-saving care — ‘extracorporeal membrane oxygenation’, used to oxygenate blood outside the body when ventilators fail — are unvaccinated mothers-to-be.
One ICU doctor, writing anonymously in the Mail in August, revealed that 90 per cent of patients on ventilators in his ward were vaccine refuseniks.
Meanwhile, care homes are suffering a staffing crisis thanks in large part to a Government policy of mandatory vaccination.
About 40,000 out of 570,000 care-home workers in England are at risk of either quitting or being sacked due to their reluctance to take the vaccine.
It would cost the sector — already struggling to fill 100,000-plus vacancies — an estimated £100 million to replace them. Many will have devoured anti-vaxxer propaganda on social media.
According to a report published earlier this year by the Centre for Countering Digital Hate (CCDH), a British non-governmental organisation with offices in London and Washington DC, the anti-vax industry’s global social media following of 62 million people could be worth up to £800 million to platforms, generated by advertisers paying to reach users interested in vaccine misinformation.
Anti-vaxxers carried placards – many touting unsubstantiated Covid-19 conspiracy theories – at a rally in London on Saturday
Protesters handed motorists signs and spoke to them during a rally against mandatory vaccines for children
Protesters carried slogans of ‘don’t jab our kids’ and ‘mandatory vaccines corporate state tyranny’ at a demonstration in London on Saturday
Protesters with signs and banners marched through west London on Saturday at a demonstration against vaccinations for children
Musician Remeece raps the words of his song ‘Don’t Tek Di Vaccine’ through a megaphone at an anti-vaxx rally in London on Saturday
The anti-vaxx industry — the network of businesses, political action committees, media marketing empires and their figureheads — has estimated annual revenues of £26 million.
So who are the ringleaders of those 62 million followers? A cabal of just 12 people CCDH has branded ‘the disinformation dozen’.
The NGO analysed the movement and found 12 anti-vaxxers are responsible for up to 70 per cent of content shared to Facebook, one of the main platforms on which fake news is spread.
Three of them are particularly influential: U.S. TV producer Del Bigtree, osteopath and entrepreneur Joseph Mercola and Robert F. Kennedy Jr, nephew of former U.S. president John F. Kennedy.
They and the rest of the ‘disinformation dozen’ are the super-spreaders of Covid misinformation, who make money from public speaking and publishing books, films and anti-vax newsletters.
Many of them star in each other’s podcasts and documentaries, direct their followers to each other’s accounts and businesses and advertise on each other’s websites.