Oxford Mail readers have been giving their views on people's freedom to choose not to have the Covid vaccination.

We asked on the newspaper’s Facebook page: “Is it time to get tougher on people who refuse the Covid vaccination?” and hundreds of readers responded.

Many readers said people should be free to choose whether or not they receive the vaccine.

They spoke out after a government minister suggested that health and care sector workers in England who decline to be fully vaccinated could be moved to back-office roles.

The government previously said all staff in registered care homes in England must be vaccinated against Covid-19 from 11 November, unless medically exempt.

Helen Whately, the minister for care, said the government was working with care homes and other settings to see if workers who refused the vaccine could be redeployed.

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CAROLINE CASEY: No we all make our own mind up regarding this.”

EMMA MATHIESON: “Each to there own - you can’t make people get vaccine.”

AMIE CHANDLER: We have human rights. You can’t force anybody to do anything they don’t want to do.”

ANDREW SMITH: “No - if folk don’t want it that should be the end of it!”

GARY COLE: “You can’t force it - each to their own.”

CRAIG BUCKINGHAM: “Freedom to choose what I put in my body is my right nobody else’s. I’m not vaccinated and I won’t be getting it done! But I certainly would not push my believes on others who have been.”

KAYLEIGH GRIFFITHS: “I’ve got both, but under no circumstances should another human be forced to have something they don’t want.

“They have there concerns, that’s fine. If I’m right some of them are waiting to have it after it’s been tested for a while etc."

AMANDA LINDBERG: “It’s up to the individual, how can they get tougher?”

SIERRA HARRY: “No one should be forced to do anything against their will.”

DEB MUNGER: “It depends on the reasoning. Some can’t for health reasons other have valid reasons not to.

“It’s such a situational decision that I feel we can’t come down on anyone for not having it. It has become a debate topic, like religion, politics etc.”

STEPHANIE WRIGHT: “Trying to push it on them isn’t working so far so how about trying to find out what their concern is and seeing if that can be addressed.

“Seems like people are just digging their heals in when they’re being pushed to do it with regulations.”

AMANDA ATTWOOD: “I’m double vaxed but absolutely not. “The medical code of conduct states no coercion… and if it actually stops you getting it or spreading I could see some reason but it doesn’t.”

MARCA BYFIELD: “No and I’m double jabbed! No one should be forced to do something against their own will.”

OXFORD MAIL READER: “It’s everyone’s own personal right as to whether they want the vaccination or not. Leave them alone just like they are leaving us alone.”

PAULA TOWNSEND: “No! that will just make people more scared.”

KELLY KONOPP: “I’ve got my jab - for the others it’s their problem, not mine.”

KATIE CUTLER: “Don’t the vaccinated carry the same viral load as the unvaccinated when they become infected?”

BEN MOODY: “No, what about the people who can’t take it for health reasons? Is it going to get to the stage where we stop bullying people for not having a vaccine?”

STEVE HILL: “Ben Moody There are no groups for whom it is contra-indicated. If your health is compromised it is all the more important you get vaccinated as Covid will probably finish you off.”

KATIE CUTLER; “Steve Hill don’t you think that would have already happened? With how contagious it apparently is?”

ELI HOUSE: “No. People must be allowed to have their freedoms and make their own choices. I think it’s fine to encourage people to get vaccinated as long as they have the final decision.”

IAN GOMERSALL: “No you can’t bully people into having the jab. I have had mine that was my choice and if they choose not to have it it’s their business.”

RAY MARSHALL: “No they shouldn’t be forced to have the vaccine but if they don’t have it they can’t moan if they are refused entry to pubs and venues.

STEVE HILL: “Yes. There’s five million of them. And they are pushing the NHS over a cliff edge.”