The Ministry Of Justice has had to defend its vaccine schedule, after being heavily criticised for offering vaccinations to criminal sex offenders like Gary Glitter ahead of their victims and other law abiding citizens.
Reported in the The Sun newspaper, campaigner David Spencer, of the Centre For Crime Prevention, was quite frank when he said, “There are plenty of key workers and vulnerable people still to receive their jab.”
“It is wrong to single out criminals ahead of them.”
Glitter however, real name Paul Francis Gadd, age 76, qualifies for the covid jab because of his age and is receiving no special treatment.
The vaccine is being rolled out as expected to priority groups first, which includes all those aged 75 and over. It seems that the same rules apply to those arguably not deserving.
Younger victims of previously imprisoned sex offenders, would not necessarily be in a priority group for a vaccine shot, and will have to wait longer to receive it than their tormentors.
A Government spokesperson said, “Prisoners are being vaccinated at the same time as the general public and in line with the priority groups set out by the independent Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation.”
Glitter is currently locked up at HMP The Verne in Portland, Dorset, where he is serving a relatively short 16 years for attempted rape, indecent assault and having sex with a child under the age of 13.
A source reported, “You have some prisons where there’s a significant group of elderly sex offenders all in their 70s and 80s.”
“Because of their age, they will get the vaccine first.”
“But if you’re a prison officer looking after [sex offenders like] Glitter and you haven’t had the jab, you’re not going to be happy.”
Glitter was first imprisoned in 1999 for downloading images of child abuse. He was subsequently jailed in Vietnam in 2006 for molesting two girls aged 11 and 12 before being released in 2008.
In 2015 he was locked up for a third time for abusing three young girls, adding to his career collection of sexually oriented crimes.
Glitter was transferred to The Verne in 2018 and rather surprisingly may be eligible for parole this year.
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