January 25 – A serial killer was notified in prison that he would be allowed to be vaccinated against the novel coronavirus in a time when the supply of coronavirus vaccines was in short supply in the UK.
The killer, Levi Bellfield, 52, was sentenced to life in prison for killing three people, including 13-year-old Milly Dowler, according to comprehensive Fox News and the British newspaper The Sun.
He received a letter from the highest security level Frankland Jail that he and several other inmates would be vaccinated against the coronavirus in the coming weeks.
Bellfield told his companions that he had been notified and complained, “This should have happened long ago, because the epidemic will spread like a wildfire in prison, and we are in danger.”
A former police officer who was involved in the capture of Belfield said the news was “horrible”.
Colin Sutton, the former Inspector General of Detectives in the United Kingdom, said in an interview that “prison workers, police, teachers, shop workers and delivery drivers are the people who keep us alive, and they should be prioritized”.
David Blunkett, the former UK Home Secretary, said he hoped that the Minister of Justice would intervene immediately to find out the reason for this arrangement and whose idea it was.
A source from the British Justice Department told The Sun that “priority vaccination of prisoners is not given, and there will be no future.” The source also said: “No minister has seen this letter, and no one will think that criminals should have more access to vaccines than most people.” A Justice Department spokesman said: “The claim that prisoners are given priority is completely nonsense.”
The report said that people over 80 years old, other vulnerable people, front-line workers and teachers are still waiting for vaccination.
Matt Hancock, the British Health Secretary of State, said on the 24th that three-quarters of people over the age of 80 in the UK have been vaccinated, and three-quarters of nursing home residents have also been vaccinated against the first dose.