Brits urged to ‘roll up sleeves and get jabbed’ to save Christmas amid Omicron

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Brits have been told to roll up their sleeves and get their booster jabs if they want a normal Christmas.

Boris Johnson held a press conference at 4pm on Tuesday afternoon as new laws around face coverings and international arrivals took effect in England.

The new "proportionate, precautionary measures" were announced last week as part of the Government's defence against Omicron, a new variant of coronavirus which is of growing concern around the world.

Johnson urged Brits to get their booster vaccines after the rollout was extended to all over-18s and the gap between second and third doses halved to three months.

Health Secretary Sajid Javid echoed his message, saying Brits have a "national mission" to get their booster shots.

"If we want to give ourselves the best chance of a Christmas with our loved ones, the best thing we can all do is step up, roll up our sleeves and get protected when the time comes," he said.

There have been concerns the Government may have to introduce measures that could jeopardise Brits from being able to gather with friends and family this Christmas, much like last year when gatherings were banned just a few days before the 25th.

Johnson has not ruled out a Christmas lockdown but has said he's confident the UK is in for a "much better Christmas than the last".

There have been 22 confirmed cases of the Omicron variant in the UK with 13 in England alone, but scientists are bracing for hundreds more in the coming weeks.

The new variant is thought to be more transmissible than earlier strains of the virus and there are fears it may not respond as well to vaccines.

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However Omicron's symptoms are also thought to be relatively mild in most cases.

Johnson urged Brits to get their booster vaccines as soon as they're eligible, with age groups being called up in descending order to make sure the nation's most vulnerable get theirs first.

He also spoke about the new travel rules which force all arrivals to the UK to take a Day 2 PCR test and isolate until it comes back negative.

The PM has not yet enacted all of England’s ‘Plan B’ measures, leaving vaccine passports for nightclubs and stadiums in reserve.

The government has not advised people in England to work from home where possible, despite the Scottish government doing that north of the border.

  • Boris Johnson
  • Coronavirus

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