The Justice Department defended its vaccination schedule, after being criticized for offering vaccines to sex offenders like Gary Glitter before their victims
The Justice Department has defended its vaccination schedule, after being criticized for offering vaccines to sex offenders like Gary Glitter before their victims.
On the first page of The sun newspaper activist David Spencer of the Center for Crime Prevention blasted: âThere are still a lot of key workers and vulnerable people getting their jabs.
“It is wrong to distinguish criminals before them.”
However, Glitter, real name Paul Francis Gadd and 76, qualifies for a jab due to his age and receives no special treatment.
The vaccine is first rolled out to priority groups, which include all people aged 75 and over.
Many younger victims of imprisoned sex offenders would not be in a priority group for a vaccine and will have to wait longer to receive it.
A government spokesperson said: “Prisoners are vaccinated along with the general public and in accordance with priority groups defined by the Independent Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunization.”
Glitter is being held at HMP The Verne in Portland, Dorset, where he is serving a 16-year sentence for attempted rape, indecent assault and sex with a child under 13.
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A source said The sun: âYou have prisons where there is a large group of older sex offenders, all between the ages of 70 and 80.
âBecause of their age, they will get the vaccine first.
“But if you are a prison guard who [sex offenders like] Glitter and you didn’t get the jab, you’re not going to be happy. “
Glitter was first jailed in 1999 for uploading images of child abuse.
He was then jailed in Vietnam in 2006 for assaulting two girls aged 11 and 12 before being released in 2008.
In 2015, he was jailed for a third time for abusing three young girls.
Glitter transferred to The Verne in 2018 and may be eligible for parole this year.