NHS heroes postponed their Christmas celebrations yesterday – to get thousands of people vaccinated for the New Year.
Up to 200,000 adults will be affected this festive weekend as the Government ramps up its campaign to ramp up its record.
Sports nurses wearing Santa’s hats and tinsel have shown life-saving pictures of Go players while wearing their seat belts: “It’s the most wonderful time of the year.”
Queues are formed outside some of the following hubs Boris Johnson urges all adults to protect themselves before the end of the year.
The Prime Minister made his urgent appeal amid grim new predictions that Omicron variant spreads fast could lead to thousands of people being hospitalized – possibly overwhelming the NHS.
Good Health pharmacy in North London is among dozens of vaccination sites that remain open to administer the “jingle” shots.
Pharmacist Fenil Lalji said the owners chose not to close to keep others safe after losing a family member to coronavirus.
He added: “His family has obviously been going through a really tough time, so his children want to make sure they can contribute as much as possible to fight this Covid virus. . It’s been a very difficult time for his family and we’re just trying to make sure no one has to go through it.”
Senior scientific advisers have warned the Prime Minister that the number of people needing hospital treatment could be higher than last winter’s peak – although the severity of the mutated virus has decreased.
Minutes from a Sage meeting suggest the new restrictions could be in place before the New Year and stay in effect until spring. They warn Tuesday is the last deadline to apply the measures if they come into effect.
It comes as the number of people hospitalized in London – the UK’s Omicron – has almost doubled.
NHS statistics show 386 people were admitted on December 22 – within a gap of hitting the 400 threshold for lockdowns.
Downing Street has ruled out any possibility of a three-month tightening and said the report has yet to be presented to ministers.
A source said: “It’s all on air at the moment. The key to what happens next may depend on the effects of the new Omicron variant on the elderly.”
Mr Johnson is likely to choose to provide new “guidelines” to the public rather than mandated rules to avoid a recall of Parliament and an inevitable Commons uprising.
Analysis by Imperial University found that Omicron catchers were up to 20% less likely to be admitted to school than Delta catchers. It also showed an even lower chance of being hospitalized – a 45% reduction.
But the December 23 meeting of Sage’s scientific advisers warned the peak in hospitalizations could still be “equivalent to or higher than previous peaks”, including a second wave in September. January. Models from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine warn December 28 is the last day that restrictive measures can be put in place before it is “too late” for containment measures to work. .
One of its models suggested three months of restrictions until the end of March – but found little difference from restrictions ending in January.
And they emphasize that there is a high degree of uncertainty about the real-world impact of reducing the severity of Omicrons. The warnings pressure Mr Johnson to impose new curbs – potentially including Rule 6 and a ban on mixed households.
Selfless Health Service Staff
The Prime Minister will decide tomorrow whether to introduce more stringent measures after assessing the latest data on Omicron.
But The Sun’s Army Jabs campaign is helping to get more vital vaccines in the hands of Britons to avoid the need for any new restrictions.
A vaccination drive opened about 200,000 vaccination sites over the festival weekend at clinics across the country, including in London, Eastbourne, Hartlepool and Dewsbury. And the figures have revealed that the UK is one of the best deployers of boosters in the world.
NHS England commends health service workers who forget they are working or volunteering on Christmas Day and today.
A spokesman said: “From vaccination doctors to volunteers, porters to paramedics, midwives to mental health doctors and all other essential workers – thank you all. who are working during the festival period.” Health Secretary Sajid Javid added: “I want to thank the tireless and selfless work of the NHS and the volunteers who sacrifice time with their loved ones to bring life-saving flashes of light. through Christmas Day and Gifting Day.”
Dr Emily Lawson, of the NHS Covid vaccination programme, added that it was “wonderful” to see people arriving first on Christmas Day for their “jingling shots”.
“It is humbling to see firsthand the amazing work being done at vaccination sites,” she said.
KEEP SPORTS SAFE
By Nadine Dorries, Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
TODAY, tens of thousands of sports fans will put on their winter coats and head to stadiums around the country.
Boxing Day is one of the highlights of the sports calendar – and we’ve worked closely with sports to make it as safe as possible.
It’s not just football. Fans will be at rugby league, rugby league, horse racing and darts. These sports have done a great job in issuing government safety guidelines. Football clubs have asked fans to take lateral flow tests and remind them how to have a Covid pass ready on their phones.
Most importantly, the fans were brilliant. So if you’re heading towards a carnival sport, keep doing what you’re doing so we can all enjoy it safely. Take the test, get your Covid cards ready and most importantly get a boost now.
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