Grant Shapps stops Covid ads on public transport, fearing they could alarm passengers – .

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Grant Shapps stops Covid ads on public transport, fearing they could alarm passengers – .


Another source suggested that Mr Shapps appeared to have objected on the grounds that the campaign could scare off passengers and lead to a drop in the number of people using public transport. The Department of Transport has spent billions of pounds to keep rail operators and other transportation networks afloat during the pandemic.

On Saturday evening, sources close to Mr Shapps insisted he had no objections to the entire campaign, but was concerned with the way it was worded.

One said he was concerned about the “black smoke analogy” as it could potentially be misinterpreted by passengers as a warning of fire or even terrorism. They questioned the wisdom of urging people to improve ventilation in public transport, noting that many modern buses have sealed windows.

“We have no objection to the fundamental message of the campaign, about the importance of ventilation and good practices in confined spaces,” said the source. “But we thought the smoke analogy when it came to transportation was a bit ill-conceived.

“The instruction to open the windows when many buses have sealed windows could confuse passengers. We just want a change and a redesign. “

It comes as part of a broader government push to speed up the vaccine recall program, seen as vital to protect vulnerable people and the elderly and avoid the need to reimpose tighter Covid restrictions.

Amid growing concerns about the speed of the deployment, ministers announced last week that more than 10 million over 50s will be able to reserve their booster doses from Monday, with slots opening up to one month to the next. ‘advance.

Separately, Boris Johnson is expected to hold a press conference this week to confirm that the government intends to push forward plans to make vaccinations mandatory for NHS staff.

However, the deadline is expected to be pushed back to the end of March amid warnings from the NHS that imposing the requirement during the winter could lead to an exodus of staff at the busiest time of health services.

The Telegraph understands that Downing Street originally intended to hold the press conference late last week, but was forced to suspend it as parts of the policy had yet to be finalized.

Along with the announcement on NHS staff, sources close to Sajid Javid, the health secretary, said he was meeting the November 11 deadline for social workers to be double hit.

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