By Rachael Grealish
The Prime Minister says Christmas is the season to be jolly but urges people to be ‘jolly careful’ as England prepares to leave lockdown and go back to the tier system.
Speaking from Downing Street tonight, Monday November 23, Boris Johnson has stated the government will be working with the devolved governments to come up with a plan for the public this Christmas.
The PM spoke positively about the news recently released of the Oxford AstraZeneca COVID Vaccine trial, however he stressed England is ‘not out of the woods yet’.
He said: “We are not out of the woods yet. We can hear the drumming hooves of the cavalry coming over the brow of the hill, but they’re not here yet.
“Even if all three vaccines are approved, even if the production timetables are met […] it will be months before we can be sure that we inoculated everyone that needs a vaccine, and those months will be hard, they will be cold and they include January and February, when the NHS is under its greatest strain.”
Johnson went onto say Christmas would be ‘different’ this year due to the virus and urged the public to be ‘jolly careful’ during the season to be jolly.
“This is not the moment to let the virus rip for the sake of Christmas parties,” he stated, “It is the season to be jolly but it’s also the season to be jolly careful, especially with elderly relatives.”
However, the PM said an ‘end goal’ is in sight despite the weeks ahead being ‘tough’.
Johnson was joined by Professor Chris Whitty who said the journey to rolling out a vaccine will be ‘a long haul’ but thanked the volunteers across the country who have contributed to trials to help develop a vaccine.
During the press conference the PM also confirmed that all vaccines will not be compulsory and no will be forced to get one.
Earlier today the Premier laid out plans for England to definitely leave the second national lockdown on December 2, but will be entering a tougher-than-before tier system.