"I wanted to advocate it to my friends and family."
A councillor has quit the Labour Party after she shared a Facebook post claiming she had received a Covid-19 vaccination from a “private care doctor”.
Jamila Azad stated she had made a mistake over the wording of the now-deleted post.
She added that the vaccine was given through the NHS.
But she has now quit the Labour Party, saying she was upset and disappointed with how an investigation into the post was handled.
Mrs Azad said: “This was a difficult time for me. I made a mistake in my private Facebook account.
“In my excitement of getting a Covid-19 jab I wanted to advocate it to my friends and family.
“I would like to take this opportunity to confirm I did not take the Covid-19 vaccine privately.”
Mrs Azad said she had received an invitation to have the vaccine from her GP and said she had been able to book an appointment in Birmingham, despite being registered with an Oxford GP.
On Facebook, the councillor had written:
“My darling daughter took me to a Private Care Doctor for Covid 19 vaccine.
“A long wait for NHS waiting list. We had take away from Akber take away.”
Photographs showed Mrs Azad and another woman, believed to be her daughter, receiving vaccinations from a man in medical scrubs and PPE.
In an email to other councillors, Mrs Azad expressed her disappointment at the Labour Party.
She further explained her actions, saying her daughter knew “by her work that City of Birmingham are giving Pfizer” and said she believed the Pfizer jab was more effective than other vaccines.
Mrs Azad added:
“It was NHS Hospital and I didn’t pay any money. It was City of Birmingham hospital.”
But she never explained how she and her daughter had received an appointment at the same time, or how her daughter knew there were Pfizer jabs available in Birmingham.
It would be illegal for Covid-19 vaccines to be administered outside the NHS, as the Medicines and Healthcare Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has only given approval for use through the NHS.
But after the investigation, the MHRA said it was “unable to identify any offences under medicines legislation”.
A spokesperson for the NHS in the Black Country and West Birmingham said:
“An investigation by the CCG has found no evidence or suggestion that the vaccine was provided by a private care doctor or that it was provided in exchange for money.”
According to Oxford Mail, West Midlands Police said it had investigated and was taking no further action.
Due to Mrs Azad’s resignation, the Labour Party is treating the matter as closed.
However, Oxford City Council is currently considering a councillor code of conduct complaint against Mrs Azad.