UK's Johnson says there will be no compulsory COVID vaccination

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson attends a virtual news conference on the ongoing situation with the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), at Downing Street, London, Britain November 23, 2020. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls/Pool

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain’s government will not force people to have vaccinations against COVID-19, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Monday.

“There will be no compulsory vaccination. That’s not the way we do things in this country,” Johnson told a news conference.

“We think it (vaccination) is a good idea, and you know I totally reject the propaganda of the anti-vaxxers, they are wrong,” he said. “Everybody should get a vaccine as soon as it is available.”

Reporting by William James, writing by Estelle Shirbon, editing by David Milliken