Anti-Vaxxers in West Norfolk: Why they have refused the vaccine, and what they think is in it
A proportion of the West Norfolk population has refused the vaccine, with some even having significant health risks that would increase the likelihood of covid complications.
Many cases have hit headlines, such as Cambridge educated Solicitor Leslie Lawrenson, 58, who died at his home nine days after he published a video on why coronavirus was “nothing to be afraid of.”
Mr Lawrenson, who reportedly had no underlying health conditions, had previously refused to take up the vaccine because he felt he “did not need it.”
His family are now encouraging others to get the vaccine.
Remy Drayton,24, of Downham said: "I have worked as a carer and I've had to switch jobs to work in retail because I've refused the vaccine.
"It's infringing on my human rights, I don't know what's in it - maybe a microchip designed by the government?
"I'm proud of my views and will challenge anyone who says I should have the jab."
Jane Salter, 28, of Lynn believes strongly that "all vaccines are dangerous."
She said: "All vaccines are a risk to our health. My son has had no vaccines and he's 10.
"I think the covid vaccine has the same health risks as any other vaccine and I won't have it, I've encouraged my family members not to have it as well, my mum is ill and I'm worried it might give her a blood clot."
19-year-old Jodie said: "I've had covid and so has my mum, she was even in hospital - but I still won't have it, I figure I'm immune now anyway."
A pro vax resident of Downham, who works in healthcare said: "It's an insult to women in third world countries, who line up for hours sometimes even days to get their children live saving vaccines.
"It's an insult to the NHS who have worked so hard to save our lives.
"The whole reason we've been able to come out of lockdown is because we've made amazing progress with the vaccine.
"These anti-vaxxers will eat their words when they are hooked up to a ventilator. The vaccine was based on decades of research, and a world collaboration effort which we've never seen before, so of course it was made quickly."
The latest covid figures reflect the predictions of the government, that the vaccine effort would see fewer deaths and hospital admissions.
98 new people had a confirmed positive test result reported this week, this is a 24 per cent increase in cases but despite the incline there has been a drop in hospital admissions.
There were 32 patients in hospital with coronavirus in West Norfolk however this is a decrease of 31 per cent compared to the previous seven days.
There were two coronavirus patients in hospital beds with a mechanical ventilator in the last week but were no deaths within 28 days of a positive test for coronavirus reported this week.