Boris Johnson pledges to deliver ‘vital’ booster jabs for all adults by end of January

Boris Johnson enjoys Christmas market near Downing Street

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The announcement comes after Health Secretary Sajid Javid confirmed that all adults will be offered a Covid-19 booster vaccine as part of a reaching expansion of the jabs programme to deal with the potential impact of the new Omicron variant.  Sharing details about the Government’s plan on expanding the booster vaccines programme against the Covid-19, the Prime Minister said: “The target that we’ve set ourselves is to offer a booster to everyone eligible by the end of January.”

“As with the first jabs, we will be working through people by age group going down in five-year bands, because it is vital that the older and the more clinically vulnerable get that added protection first.

“So, even if you have had your second jab over three months ago and you are now eligible, please don’t try and book until the NHS says it is your turn.”

A total of 22 cases of the new variant have been reported from the UK, out of which nine have been confirmed from Scotland.

The UK’s vaccine advisory body – the Joint Committee on Vaccine and Immunisation (JCVI) has suggested a series of measures to tackle the new variant.

It includes offering booster jabs for everybody over the age of 18, shortening the gap between a second jab and a booster from six months to three months.

The body also recommended giving a second jab to children aged between 12 and 15 – again after no less than three months.

Severely immunosuppressed people to be given access to another booster – meaning for some, a fourth dose this winter, directed the committee.

The committee also stated that boosters consisting of either a Pfizer vaccine or a half dose of the Moderna jab should be given to the public.

Mr Javid said the government will be taking on board all of the recommendations “in full”.

Speaking at a Downing Street news briefing on Tuesday, the PM said the rollout of the booster programme will go in age order, and that there will be more than 1,500 community pharmacy sites in England offering the jabs.

He said “temporary vaccine centres will be popping up like Christmas trees”, adding that some 400 military personnel and the “jabs army of volunteers” will also help with the rollout.

The Prime Minister announced an extensive NHS effort, backed by the army, to offer all adults a third dose by the end of January.

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Earlier he had urged people not to cancel Christmas parties or school nativity plays during a press conference, where he promised to “throw everything” at the booster vaccination campaign to tackle the spread of the Omicron variant.

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