Paedo Gary Glitter receives vaccine before victims and officers

Thousands more high risk and vulnerable people are still waiting or their Covid-19 vaccine.

Paedo Gary Glitter receives vaccine before victims and officers

Convicted paedo and pop star, Gary Glitter, gets Covid vaccine while his victims and prison staff must wait for theirs. 

Glitter, 76, who is serving a 16 year sentence for attempted rape, indecent assault and having sex with a child under 13, was among a host of ageing sex offenders vaccinated last week. 

He was vaccinated at HMP The Verne in, Dorset which has outraged justice campaigners. 

Sources have said prisoners were not being prioritised ahead of the general public and were not jumping the queue.

Sex offenders are likely to be among the first to get the jab as they form a large part of the older prison population.

A source commented: “You have some prisons where there’s a significant group of elderly sex offenders all in their 70s and 80s.”

“Because of their age, they will get the vaccine first.”

David Spencer, Director of the Centre For Crime Prevention, blasted: “There are plenty of key workers and vulnerable people still to receive their jab.”

“It is wrong to single out criminals ahead of them. This decision needs an urgent rethink.”

The Covid vaccine rollout in prisons in England began late last month.

Glitter was first jailed in 1999 for downloading images of child abuse.

He was then caged in Vietnam in 2006 for molesting two girls aged 11 and 12 before being released in 2008.

In 2015 he was locked up a third time for abusing three young girls.

A government spokesman said: “Prisoners are being vaccinated at the same time as the general public and in line with the priority groups.”

Latest data takes the total in the UK to 12,014,288 people who have had their first doses and 511,447 who have had their second doses.

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