Boris Johnson has announced that everyone over the age of 18 will be offered booster jabs by the end of the year to curb the spread of omicron.
In a pre-recorded broadcast to the nation last night at 8pm, the PM moved the target for those who have received their second jabs at least three months ago forward from the end of January as he warned that “a tidal wave of omicron” was coming and that two jabs would not be enough to sufficiently protect people from the virus.
Some medical appointments may be postponed to focus on boosters, and the army is being used to boost the booster campaign too, he said.
“I’m afraid we’re now facing an emergency in our battle with the new variant omicron,” he said.
“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.”
He added: “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.”
Reacting to his speech, some people were just angry about the alleged Christmas parties that are said to have taken place last year while the country faced severe restrictions, and saw it as a distraction:
Extra scruffy Boris Johnson tries to distract the nation with a pre recoded message avoiding any scrutiny.
He has… https://t.co/crDR1Dm0zt
— Dawn Butler MP✊🏾💙 (@Dawn Butler MP✊🏾💙)
The announcement that Johnson should be making at 8pm is that he and his entire Cabinet are resigning, calling a GE… https://t.co/aReSWH9xDv