By Rachael Grealish
A year ago this week the UK started its COVID vaccination programme and once again the Prime Minister is saying it’s time for another ‘British vaccination effort’ to combat the omicron variant.
Speaking from Downing Street today, Tuesday November 30, Boris Johnson has urged people to go for their booster jab – which will not be offered to all over 18s three months after their second jab.
Like many times before the government has set a target – this time to offer everyone eligible to go for their booster by the end of January 2022.
He said: “We’re going to be throwing everything at it to ensure everyone who is eligible is offered that booster.”
There will be 150 more community pharmacy sites in England, as well as extra hospital hubs, but the PM said more ‘temporary vaccine centres will be popping up like Christmas trees’.
Today restrictions, such as mask in shops and on public transport, were implement since the country’s ‘freedom day’ back in July due to the spread of the omicron variant.
Johnson called these ‘proportionate precautionary’ measures in order to give scientists time to get ahead of the variant.
He said: “I know the frustration we all feel with this omicron variant, the sense of exhaustion that we could be going through all of this again but today I want to stress this – that’s the wrong thing to feel.
“Today is and always will be immeasurably better than it was a year ago. What we’re doing is taking some proportionate precautionary measures while our scientists crack the omicron code.
“And while we get the added protection of those boosters in to the arms of those who need them most.”
He thanked all NHS workers for their tireless work for over the last year and added: “It’s time for another great British vaccination effort, we’ve done it before and we’re going to do it again.”
The Health Secretary confirmed there is still a ‘lot we don’t know’ about the new variant, but stresses that scientists are ‘working night and day’ to learn more.
The message was clear throughout the conference; the government is pushing the vaccination programme and encouraging people to get vaccinated with a booster.