Susanna Reid apologised to a Good Morning Britain guest on the show, clarifying that she didn’t want to suggest he was a ‘vaccine denier’ after a comment she made about his lack of jabs.
Charlie Mullins, CEO of Pimlico Plumbers, argued that people who have had two Covid-19 vaccines should be allowed greater freedoms.
However, he explained that he has not yet had his jab, as he has not returned to the UK from Spain, where he has work commitments.
‘I’m due to have it, I’m back next week thank god,’ he added.
‘But you think that people who have been double jabbed should be given more freedom than those who haven’t, which is ironic seeing as you haven’t even had one,’ Susanna said.
‘Well that’s got nothing to do with it, has it?’ Charlie hit back. ‘The fact that you’ve asked me a direct question, I’ll give you a direct answer. I’m due to have it.’
‘Of course! No sorry, I’m not suggesting you’re in any way a vaccine denier,’ Susanna quickly clarified. ‘Once you are double jabbed, what are the freedoms you think people should be allowed to have?’
Charlie responded: ‘Certainly to travel, certainly to get back to work, no masks, no social distancing, and get back to normal life – that was the point of pushing it out there so much.’
Depending on the data in the coming weeks, social distancing is set to be lifted on June 21.
While it was recently feared that the date will be pushed back due to the emergence of different variants of the virus, a top scientist, Dr Jenny Harries, has now said it’s ‘looking good’.
‘It’s looking good if people are continuing to observe all of the safety signals, so we should not stop doing what we’re doing, particularly in areas where we have that variant of concern, the B1617.2 (Indian), in the north-west and around London,’ she said.
In the UK, more than 38million people have been offered the first dose of their Covid-19 vaccine, with over-30s now invited to book their appointments.
More than 23million people have been given both doses of the vaccine.
Good Morning Britain airs weekdays at 6am on ITV.
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