Hundreds of protesters join anti-vaccination march in London as they campaign against child jabs

Hundreds of anti-vaxxers marched through the streets of London today, accompanied by their children, as they campaign against the Covid jab.

Photos of the scene show crowds armed with placards carrying slogans such as “leave our children alone” and “hands off our children” making their way through the capital.

The protesters marched along the banks of the River Thames, past the London Eye before arriving at Downing Street, where they chanted ‘save our children’.

Videos of the scene show people throwing colorful plastic balls through the gates of Downing Street and chanting ‘Boris is a wet cloth’.

Some protesters shouted at police officers who were guarding Downing Street this afternoon.

Children were depicted next to their parents with makeshift banners with placards that read: ‘Boris leave us children alone’ and ‘I will not give in!’

Hundreds of anti-vaxxers marched through the streets of London today to campaign against coronavirus jabs

Hundreds of young children, some with placards, joined their protesting parents as they march through London today

Hundreds of young children, some with placards, joined their protesting parents as they march through London today

The protesters marched along the banks of the River Thames, past the London Eye before arriving at Downing Street, where they chanted 'save our children'.

The protesters marched along the banks of the River Thames, past the London Eye before arriving at Downing Street, where they chanted ‘save our children’.

Vaccine Minister Nadhim Zahawi previously said the government had minor concerns about the ‘very rare’ cases of heart inflammation in some young people who received the Pfizer and Moderna shots.

Currently, children in the UK only receive a Covid vaccine if they are over 12 years old and extremely vulnerable. They can also get the vaccine if they live with someone who is at risk.

Earlier this month, the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunization expanded the eligibility of vulnerable 16- and 17-year-olds, but said universal vaccination of children would be too risky.

The advisory said: ‘The health benefits in this population are small and the benefits to the wider population are very uncertain.

“JCVI currently believes that the health benefits of universal vaccination in children and adolescents under the age of 18 do not outweigh the potential risks.”

The Pfizer vaccine is approved for people aged 12 years and older in the UK by the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency.

Photos of the scene showed people throwing tennis balls through Downing Street gates and chanting slogans

Photos of the scene showed people throwing tennis balls through Downing Street gates and chanting slogans

Many in the crowd were armed with placards carrying slogans such as 'leave our children alone' and 'hands off our children'

Many in the crowd were armed with placards carrying slogans such as ‘leave our children alone’ and ‘hands off our children’

NHS England estimates that around 2.7 million adults under the age of 30 have yet to receive a shot.

Young men are more likely to be unvaccinated than women. Only 62.2% of men in the 18-24 age group have received at least one vaccination.

And there are reportedly nine local authorities in England where it is estimated that fewer than half of 18- to 24-year-olds have received a first dose of vaccine.

Earlier this month, Boris Johnson was said to be “furious” at the relatively low uptake of Covid vaccines among young people and to propose mandatory vaccine passports for college students.

NHS England estimates that around 2.7 million adults under the age of 30 have yet to receive a shot.  Pictured: anti-vax protesters in London on Saturday July 31

NHS England estimates that around 2.7 million adults under the age of 30 have yet to receive a shot. Pictured: anti-vax protesters in London on Saturday July 31

The Pfizer vaccine is approved for people aged 12 years and older in the UK by the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency.  Pictured: Anti-vax protesters confront police outside Downing Street, London

The Pfizer vaccine is approved for people aged 12 years and older in the UK by the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency. Pictured: Anti-vax protesters confront police outside Downing Street, London

Some protesters were also pictured during the march throwing colorful tennis balls (right) into Downing Street

Some protesters were also pictured during the march throwing colorful tennis balls (right) into Downing Street

The latest figures from NHS England show that less than 60 per cent of 18- to 24-year-olds have had one Covid shot, compared with rates of over 90 per cent in most older age groups.

At the same time, the virus is sweeping younger age groups, with the number of cases among those over 20s higher than any age group since the start of the pandemic.

But Johnson will likely be challenged by those within his own party who oppose vaccine passports, comparing the proposals to a dystopia.

Last weekend, thousands of protesters and David Icke, Piers Corbyn, Katie Hopkins and Kate Shemirani took to Trafalgar Square for the Worldwide Rally for Freedom.

Anti-vaccination protests were also held in other major European cities on Saturday, with Parisians opposing Emmanuel Macron’s plans to introduce mandatory jabs and Covid passports.

Thousands of anti-vaxxers took to the streets in Paris today to protest the introduction of mandatory shots for health professionals and vaccine passports on August 9.

About 3,000 security forces were deployed around the French capital for a third Saturday of protests.

Polls show a majority of French people support the pass, but some are vehemently opposed and photos from the French capital show thousands of anti-vaxxers demonstrating in the city this afternoon.

The pass requires vaccinations or a rapid negative test or evidence of a recent recovery from COVID-19 and requires vaccinations for all health professionals by mid-September.

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