The coronavirus continues to gain ground in the UK, so much so that Prime Minister Boris Johnson has warned: an ‘Omicron tidal wave is coming’. To break the epidemic wave approaching, new measures, in particular on the vaccine booster campaign, have been announced.
“I have to speak to you tonight because I’m afraid we face an emergency today in our battle against the new Omicron variant. We absolutely must strengthen our vaccine protection to ensure the safety of our friends and relatives, ”said Boris Johnson in a televised address this Sunday evening.
Faced with “an Omicron tidal wave” which “arrives”, the protection conferred by two doses of vaccine “is not enough”, assured the British Prime Minister. This is why he decided to strengthen the vaccination booster campaign. Initially, the government promised that all UK citizens over 18 could receive a third dose of the vaccine by the end of January. Boris Johnson finally shortened the deadline last night, promising that all adults will be able to receive her by the end of the year.
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From this Monday, English people over 18 can make an appointment in the centers to be vaccinated before the holidays. The other nations of the United Kingdom, namely Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales, will also speed up their vaccination program against Covid-19.
A few hours before his speech, the United Kingdom had taken the decision to raise the Covid alert level in the face of the spread of the Omicron variant, thus dropping from 3 to 4, on a maximum scale of five. “The first elements show that Omicron is spreading much faster than Delta and that vaccine protection against symptomatic diseases of Omicron is reduced,” said the British health services.
Boris Johnson also announced, a few days ago, new restrictions, some of which came into effect on Monday, including the generalization of teleworking. The vaccination passport must also be introduced for the first time this week in certain places, in particular in nightclubs or large gatherings.