James O'Brien's merciless take on Covid-19 vaccine misinformation

10 January 2022, 14:36 | Updated: 16 January 2022, 08:59

By Seán Hickey

James O'Brien set out the ground rules for callers planning to share their views on mandatory Covid vaccination.

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As calls grow to delay the imposition of vaccine mandates for NHS staff and IKEA made headlines for cutting sick pay for unvaccinated employees, James O'Brien hosted a phone-in on the morality of introducing mandatory vaccination.

"I'm very keen to have a conversation on mandatory jabs" he declared, before quickly setting out the ground rules for the conversation.

He told listeners that he didn't want "to have a conversation on antibodies", and warned listeners thinking of phoning in against turning the hour into a conversation on the pandemic.

Read more: PM says 'conversation' must be had about mandatory vaccines in UK

"I'm sure there are radio stations and radio programmes you can contribute to if you want to have a largely fact-free bunfight about your understanding of science you've never studied, but this is not that programme."

Read more: Covid passes: Health Secretary confirms three jabs will be needed to be 'fully vaccinated'

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James declared he would not tolerate callers who "regurgitate stuff you've read and not really understood off the internet."

"If you need medical advice, go to the finest medical experts in the field.

If your car breaks down, go to a mechanic. Don't go to your uncle Keith's Facebook page."

Finishing off the statement, he stated: "On this one, I'm not interested in your regurgitations of largely misunderstood propaganda."

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