Those opposed to getting the coronavirus vaccine are joking that they will say they are vegan to dodge it.
The Telegraph reports that vegans will be exempt if companies introduce compulsory vaccination rules in Britain because their beliefs are protected by employment law. This is because the vaccines have been tested on animals, which vegans may be against.
Inevitably, this means ‘funny people’ are pretending that they will adopt the cause because they do not wish to be jabbed. First up, Laurence Fox, who posted a number of tweets claiming he identified as a vegan as of now.
From this day forward I self identify as a trans vegan.
I will only eat plant based food and medium rare sirloin… https://t.co/ngMVVzqFMM
But speaking to The Telegraph, Jeanette Rowley, a rights advocate at the Vegan Society, said she has received about 100 queries from vegans who do not wish to take the vaccine and are worried about their employment situation.
“That they’re very affected, psychologically, to have to confront this dilemma,” she said.
Rowley said many ethical vegans have chosen to take vaccines after thinking about their “wider responsibility to people”.
“That’s not to say the other vegans who don’t want it don’t have that responsibility, it’s just that the dynamic for them is a lot more difficult to work out.”
A spokesman for Lewis Silkin, a law firm, added: “Some ethical vegans may disagree with vaccinations on the basis that they will inevitably have been tested on animals. Ethical veganism has previously been found by an [employment tribunal] to amount to a belief, capable of being protected.”
If vegans have a legitimate objection to the vaccine then that’s a matter for them. Anti-vaxxers, on the other hand, may need a refresher in the lessons of comedy.