All eligible adults available for a booster vaccine.

Johnson addressed the nation on the booster roll out.

“I’m afraid we’re now facing an emergency in our battle with the new variant Omicron,” said Mr Johnson. 

“It is now clear that two doses of vaccine are simply not enough to give the level of protection we all need. But the good news is that our scientists are confident that with a third dose, a booster dose, we can all bring our level of protection back up”.

“At this point our scientists cannot say that Omicron is less severe.

“And even if that proved to be true, we already know it is so much more transmissible that a wave of Omicron through a population that was not boosted would risk a level of hospitalisation that could overwhelm our NHS and lead sadly to very many deaths.”

Other points to note:

  • 42 military planning teams to be deployed across every region to help
  • opening hours of booster sites extended with more appointments
  • extra vaccine sites and mobile units will be set up across England
  • thousands of new volunteer vaccinators will be trained

The conference comes after new restrictions were brought back in from Monday 13th December.

Government is also advising those to work from home if you can. You will also need to show an NHS Covid pass to be able to enter nightclubs and venues with higher capacity. Your pass will still be valid if you have had two doses of the Covid vaccine although this will be kept under review.

Other restrictions have already been reintroduced, for example, face coverings are now mandatory in most indoor venues, including theatres and cinemas although not required when drinking, exercising or singing.

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