The BBC presenter sparked fury on social media after a video was shared on Question Time’s official Twitter page urging un-vaxxed viewers to join the “important debate” about why they opted out of the vaccine. Fiona Bruce insisted she wanted to “explore some of those issues” with them as she invited them to join her during this week’s episode, set to be recorded in London.
Ms Bruce said: “I mentioned last week that we are looking for people to come and be part of our audience who are unvaccinated.
“We know that there’s a relatively high proportion in London and there are many reasons why people have chosen not to get the vaccine.
“We want to explore some of those issues.
“So if you are someone who made that decision not to get vaccinated we would very much like to hear from you.”
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She added: “I think it is an important debate.”
But the clip has since sparked an uproar, with many social media users criticising the move.
User back_the_BBC said: “I hope you’re making attendees who are vaccinated aware of this fact to give them the choice not to be in a room full of unvaccinated people.”
British Future director Sunder Katwala said: “If Question Time want to explore why people have refused vaccine, which may be legitimate, it is important ethically & methodologically that that should start from pool of initially hesitant. Let’s hear in proportion, those who were hesitant & took it, those still hesitant & opposed
“That is how to report on vaccine hesitancy without artificially amplifying it. The “had my doubts but decided to take it” group not much heard at all, but much more common than attending anti-vax protests. (Obvs, latter group will be keenest to email in).
“Similarly, BBCQT could use the ONS & data-sets to balance the types of hesitancy and refusal voices. They will be deluged by least representative & most strident
“Useful to have scrutiny on how to do this a key topic as public service broadcasting, not knockabout infotainment.”
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