A Covid vaccine debate is held with unvaccinated viewers on BBC Question Time

BBC Question Time viewers were shocked when the episode saw a heated debate about Covid vaccines with unvaccinated viewers.

GB About: #bbcqt Publish: 03/09/2022 Edit: 03/09/2022 Author: Gardener

BBCBBC Question Time viewers have shared their thoughts after the show had an audience of some unvaccinated giving their opinions on vaccinations. In January, BBC Question Time called out viewers who chose not to get the vaccine to attend the show. Host Fiona Bruce told viewers: "There are many different reasons why people have chosen not to get vaccinated - we would be interested in investigating some of those issues." During Thursday's show, an unvaccinated man claimed the vaccination have terrible side effects. and the country "operated with incomplete data". The man, who studied philosophy at university, was referring to Professor Robert Malone, a former vaccine scientist turned skeptic who has appeared on the likes of Joe Rogan's podcast to decode the Covid-19 surge. Sitting at Question Time was Professor Robin Shattock, Head of the Department of Mucosal Infections and Immunity at Imperial College London Medical School, who allowed the viewer to make his contribution but insisted he was talking "nonsense". "We have far more safety data on the current vaccines since they've been in the arms of billions of people," he said, encouraging him to review data on risks and "serious adverse events" because they're "extremely rare." . The philosophy graduate insisted he had looked at the data himself, but was interrupted by presenter Fiona, who pointed out that Professor Shattock was a "world-renowned expert" while the man reviewed his own notes to chide him. Viewers watching from home agreed with Fiona, with one person writing, "Put down your fake notes and listen to the world renowned vaccine expert." "A philosophy student argues with a damn scientist," said another. "The guy who 'studied philosophy at university' has his biased reasoning ripped apart by an expert, but he's still struggling with his reasoning," said one viewer. One said he "guess" the man "did some research, but studying philosophy at university doesn't give you the same level of medical expertise as Prof. Robin Shattock (sic)". Another woman who appeared on the show shared her belief that she knows her body best, and as a young healthy person did not feel she needed the vaccine, she had however encouraged her vulnerable family members to get the vaccine pick up. The woman admitted her friends had advised her not to reveal that she hadn't been vaccinated because "if you go back to work, people will look at you for the way you smell." Prof Shattock said it could not only about their own health, but "that of everyone else". Health" and said vaccinations "only work if everyone contributes to reducing community transmission". While the debate proved controversial online, with some questioning why people were being given airtime to spread "misinformation," others said the debate was fairly balanced and the right thing to do. Former Good Morning Britain presenter Piers Morgan said it is strong public television to watch Prof Shattock as he "calmly and respectfully debunks the anti-vaxx #bbcqt audience members as painfully ill-informed and explains, why health workers have a moral obligation to get vaccinated”. Another viewer said the pundit put on a "very impressive performance". The show was guaranteed to be controversial after drawing criticism when Question Time first announced they were looking for unvaccinated people to share their views. Fans gave mixed reactions at the time, with many calling the move "irresponsible" on social media site Twitter. The BBC said in a statement at the time: "There are still significant numbers of the British public who are unvaccinated, particularly in certain areas and communities. “Question Time always strives to discuss every side of every argument. “This is about listening and understanding our viewers. The BBC has always made the scientific consensus on vaccination very clear.” Viewers were also required to keep masks on unless asking the panel a question. Question Time is broadcast on BBC One and BBC iPlayer

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