‘Be a leader, not a follower!’ Pimlico Plumbers boss skewers Boris over vaccine passports

Coronavirus vaccine ‘needs to be taken’ says Charlie Mullins

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Founder of Pimlico Plumbers, Charlie Mullins sparked uproar when he announced his company’s “no jab no job” policy. Mullins confirmed he planned to make coronavirus vaccines compulsory for new employees and other businesses have since followed suit by revealing they are looking into whether similar policies could be beneficial. The Government is now considering making vaccines compulsory for care home workers but Mullins has slammed Boris Johnson for not taking “responsibility” sooner and called on him to introduce vaccine passports. 

In an exclusive interview with Express.co.uk, Mullins said: “Half the population has had the vaccine and we’ve already started on the second jab for some people.

“I would say two months after April, it’s all going to be done and vaccine passports will be normal.

“All the anti-vaccine people would have gone by the wayside and everybody will be back to normal, everyone will be so pleased, and everyone will be saying, ‘Why didn’t we do this and roll it out quicker?’

“It’s going to be a part of our life for years and let’s not kid anyone the amount of people that are dead, 126,000, if they had an opportunity to have had the vaccine they would have jumped at it.”

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“It’s just so bad that we never got our act together properly. Boris needs to stand up now and stop pussyfooting about with pubs,” he continued.

“[Johnson is saying] it’s up to the landlord and it’s up this person. Don’t put that problem on them.

“He should take responsibility, he’s the leader of the country. He needs to be a leader and not a follower.

“He needs to get it out there, that it’s compulsory to have the jab and you’ll get proof of having the jab – the vaccine passport and you won’t be able to travel, you won’t be able to go to work [without it].”

The Pimlico Plumbers boss suggested vaccine centres should be set up outside pubs to encourage people to get the Covid jab. 

“Nothing can be simpler, they need to put up these pop-up vaccines centres outside pubs then you’ll see how quickly people will get the vaccine then,” he quipped. 

“They need to put a pop-up vaccine centre outside a football stadium. Let’s get it moving, let’s get back to normality, let’s get the economy going.”

Mullins sparked outrage when he announced his “no jab no job” policy but the Pimlico Plumbers boss explained he wants to prioritise the safety of his staff and customers. 

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“It’s all about safety, it’s all about protecting our staff and customers. As an employer, we have the duty to do that,” Mullins explained. 

“It’s a no-brainer I just cannot work out why the Government and many other official people did not see this coming. 

“Honestly it was clear as day to me that this is going to be the way forward. We’ve been offered one option to get through this virus to get back to normality, and that’s a jab, followed by a passport it’s so obvious. 

“The second thing is, it’s gonna happen, it was always going to happen. So, let’s get on with it, let’s have action rather than words.”

Mullins added: “I’ll be honest with you if the Government carry on the way they are, there’ll be another lockdown and we’ll be talking about this in another 12 months from now. 

“It’s been 12 months, this could have been shortened by two or three months for sure. 

“When that vaccine came out in December, somebody should have been clever enough and brave enough to use common sense and say, ‘Right, this is the only option we’ve been given. 

“‘Let’s get it rolled out, let’s have proof that people have had it, and let’s get everything back to normal.’”

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