Entrepreneur Rachel Elnaugh claimed the advice by England’s Chief Medical Officer that children aged 12 to 15 receive a jab amounted to “child abuse”. Responding to a tweet by Good Morning Britain, which asked viewers if they were happy for their children to be vaccinated, the businesswoman wrote: “Child abuse. Whitty will hang for this.”
It was posted from the 56-year-old’s verified Twitter account and quickly sparked a huge backlash.
Ian Fraser, one of those to criticise Ms Elnaugh’s tweet, wrote: “What the former ‘Dragon’ Rachel Elnaugh tweeted here is vile, disgraceful and seemingly inciting violence against a Government official.”
He also urged Twitter to review the post.
Ms Elnaugh, the founder of gift company Red Letter Days, remained steadfast in her views despite the onslaught.
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In later tweets, she shared a video of her thoughts on vaccinating kids and wrote: “My position re: the decision to jab 12 to 15 year olds with an experimental gene therapy (which has already caused Myocarditis and blood clots in many children worldwide) explained in more detail ~ in a video created yesterday.”
When users questioned if she was qualified to doubt the views of a highly-qualified doctor, she responded: “My ‘qualifications:
“Deeply concerned mother of five boys, watching in horror as healthy children worldwide are jabbed with an experimental gene therapy (for a ‘disease’ which is no significant threat to their health) already causing myocarditis & blood clots.”
The businesswoman – who appeared in the first two series of the hit BBC show – even claimed that 78 percent “of those responding” to her claims were echoing her sentiments.
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But many criticised the comment for targeting the professor – who has become a frequent target for anti-vaxxers since the pandemic erupted last March.
Scores referred to the level of harassment the previously largely unknown public official has been subjected to as they slammed her tweet.
Debra Kidd #Antiracist wrote: “That’s the last time I ever buy a @RedLetterDaysUK product. What a despicable comment.”
Professor Whitty was assaulted while walking through a park in June during an attack which the assailant filmed on his phone.
A second man charged with assault in connection with the incident goes on trial in November.
The tweet comes after Professor Whitty, along with the UK’s other chief medical officers (CMOs), recommended the Government commit to the vaccine roll-out for healthy children-aged 12-15 this week.
The CMOs say the vaccine programme will help reduce disruption to education.
Ministers yesterday said they would go ahead with the roll-out, but said the ultimate decision would be up to children and not their parents.
Express.co.uk has contacted Ms Elnaugh for comment.