Good evening. Over the past year, we have proven that vaccination is the key to defeating Covid, and it works.
The UK was the first country in the world to use the vaccine, we had the fastest rollout in Europe and we’ve also started the fastest ramp-up, with over half a million shots per day alone. yesterday.
And these achievements – made possible by the extraordinary efforts of our NHS, which includes thousands of GPs and volunteer vaccinators – have literally saved countless lives and livelihoods in the land. this country. “But I need to talk to you tonight, because I am afraid that we are currently facing an emergency situation in the battle with the new variant, Omicron, and we must urgently strengthen the defense wall. vaccines to keep our friends and loved ones safe.
Earlier today, four UK Chief Medical Officers raised the Covid Alert level to 4, the second-highest level, as evidence suggests Omicrons are doubling in the UK every two to three days.
We know from this bitter experience how these exponential curves develop.
No one can doubt: there is a tidal wave of Omicron coming, and I fear it is now clear that two doses of the vaccine are simply not enough to provide 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 recover our level of protection.
“And I know there will be some followers who will ask if Omicron is less severe than previous variants and if we really need to go out and buy that booster. And the answer is yes, we do.
Don’t make the mistake of thinking that Omicron can’t hurt you; cannot make you and your loved ones seriously ill.
We’ve seen hospital admissions double in a week in South Africa. And we have patients with Omicron who are hospitalized in the UK right now.
At this point, our scientists can’t say that Omicron is less severe, and even if that were proven to be true, we already know it’s much more contagious, to the point of a wave Omicrons across an unenhanced population are at risk of hospitalization. that could overwhelm our NHS and sadly lead to a lot of deaths.
So we must act now.
Today, we’re launching the Omicron Emergency Booster Program, – a national mission unlike anything we’ve done before in the vaccination program – to get a boost now.
Two weeks ago, I said we would be giving every eligible adult a booster dose by the end of January.
Today, due to this Omicron emergency, I’m bringing that goal forward a full month.
All eligible people aged 18 and over in the UK will have the opportunity to get a booster shot before the New Year.
And we spoke today with Developed Regulators, to confirm that the UK Government will provide further support to accelerate vaccination in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
To get to the pace we need, we need to match the NHS’s best vaccination date – and then beat it day in and day out.
This will require an extraordinary effort.
“And as we focus on boosters and making this new goal achievable, that means a number of other appointments will need to be postponed until the new year.
But if we don’t do this now, the Omicron wave could be so large that cancellations and disruptions, such as missed cancer appointments, will be even greater next year.
And I know the pressure on everyone in our NHS – from our GPs, doctors and nurses to our porters – it’s all been working incredibly hard and we Thank them for the great work they did.
But I say frankly to those of you on the front lines, I must ask you to make another extraordinary effort right now, so that we can protect you and your colleagues – and above all, your patients – from even greater pressures next year.
So from tomorrow in the UK we will be opening the booster shot to every adult over 18 who got a second dose of the vaccine at least three months ago.
The NHS Reservations system will be open to these younger age groups from Wednesday and that’s the best way to secure your spot, but in some places you can walk from tomorrow.
We will also support this emergency operation by deploying 42 military planning teams across all regions, deploying additional vaccination sites and mobile units, extending opening hours to clinics are open seven days a week, with more appointments early in the morning, in the evening, and on weekends, and train thousands more volunteer injectors. And we will lay out the next steps in the coming days.
It is because of the threat from Omicron that I announced on Wednesday that we will be moving to Plan B in the UK.
You must wear a face covering in public places in your home. From tomorrow, work from home if you can.
And from Wednesday, subject to a vote in Congress, you’ll need to show up for a negative side-flow test to get into nightclubs and some major events if you haven’t been vaccinated twice.
These measures will help slow the spread of Omicron. But we have to go further and get motivated now.
If you haven’t been vaccinated yet, protect yourself with at least one shot as quickly as possible.
If you already have a booster, encourage your friends and family to do the same.
We are a wonderful country. We have vaccines to protect our people.
So let’s do it. Let’s strengthen now.
Get motivated now for yourself, for your friends and family.
Make a push now to protect jobs and livelihoods across this country.
Step up now to protect the NHS, our freedoms and our way of life. Enhanced now.
Thank you very much.
https://metro.co.uk/2021/12/12/all-adults-to-be-offered-booster-jab-this-month-due-to-omicron-tidal-wave-15760027/ All adults will be given boosters this month due to Omicron's 'tidal waves'