Turbo Boosting

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced that all adults over the age of 18 in England will be offered a booster Covid jab before the end of December.

The booster rollout had originally aimed to do this by the end of January, but tonight the PM brought this forward, with the step up in vaccinations starting from tomorrow.

In declaring an ‘Omicron Emergency’, Mr Johnson said: ‘No one should be in any doubt, there is a tidal wave of Omicron coming.’

He added that some medical appointments may be postponed to focus on boosters.

The PM 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.’

The new booster target means people aged 18 and over in England will be able to get their third jabs from this week – as long as it has been three months since their second dose.

While this only counts for England, Mr Johnson has said that the UK gov will work with the devolved administrations to assist with their rollout.

Isle of Man

This announcement tonight does impact on the island. At current adults over the age of 45 and some clinically vulnerable people can apply for their booster jab. However CoMin is due to meet tomorrow to discuss the next steps it will take. So far we have two suspected cased of Omicron detected on the island.

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