Public Health Wales has responded to a march involving hundreds of people complaining about vaccines and other Covid measures in Swansea by urging people to continue to get their jabs.
It said there were still a “significant number of people in Wales” who had not yet been fully vaccinated.
Video footage circulating on social media shows people of all ages marching through Picton Arcade in the city centre during the so-called “Swansea Freedom March” on Saturday.
Recap: University of Wales Trinity Saint David warns that students spreading Covid misinformation could face disciplinary action
The march is understood to have been organised by a university student and member of the “Students Against Tyranny” campaign group.
One video from the march shows protesters holding banners and signs expressing their dislike of new Covid-19 regulations and ‘Covid passports’.
One sign reads “Say NO to vaccine passports,” while another reads: “We won’t be part of their biotech experiment.”
The Students Against Tyranny campaign group calls for people aged 15 to 21 to refuse to get jabbed and refers to coronavirus as “rebranded flu”.
The group, headed by a first year student at University of Wales Trinity St David, claims young people are being “pressured and coerced into taking the vaccine” and says people should “wake up” to the lies it alleges are being fed by the UK government – you can read more about the group, and the university condemning the student for spreading misinformation, in a previous article.
Appealing to the public to get vaccinated, a spokesperson for Public Health Wales said: “The coronavirus vaccines are highly effective at preventing severe illness and death.
“Clinical trials have repeatedly shown that the benefits of vaccination against coronavirus considerably outweigh any vaccine-related side-effects. The vaccines work to reduce transmission, symptomatic infection and the severity of symptoms which overall leads to fewer hospitalisations and fewer deaths.
“The principle goal of the vaccination programme is to minimise the number of deaths from coronavirus. We continue to advise people to take up the offer of a coronavirus vaccine when they are invited.”
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They said that, as of the week ending September 26, 2021, 83.5 per cent of the Welsh population over the age of 18 had received two doses of a vaccine.
“It is estimated that vaccines have prevented over 10,000 deaths in the UK so far. The vaccination programme is well-advanced in Wales and receiving the vaccine is the most effective way to protect yourself and loved ones, so please do take the offer of a vaccine when it is offered.
“There is still a significant number of people in Wales who have not yet been fully vaccinated, so it is therefore vital that we continue observe coronavirus prevention measures where required, that we wash our hands regularly and ensure adequate ventilation when meeting indoors. These actions will help to prevent transmission of the virus.”
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