The Prime Minister has said on Monday morning that there is nothing in the data which suggests England should have further restrictions imposed.
Despite a “storm of infection” across Europe and that a “blizzard could come from the east again” there is nothing which suggest we “need to go to Plan B.”
Boris Johnson said on a visit to a medical centre in east London, “We don’t see anything in the data at the moment to suggest that we need to go to Plan B, we’re sticking with Plan A.
“But what we certainly have got to recognise is there is a storm of infection out there in parts of Europe, you can see those numbers ticking up very sharply in some of our continental friends.
“And we’ve just got to recognise that there is always a risk that a blizzard could come from the east again, as the months get colder.
“The best protection for our country is for everybody to go forward and get that booster.”
Johnson warned that those who end up in intensive care with the virus are largely “the unvaccinated.”
He said, “I think it’s very good news that the JCVI has today authorised the booster programme to be rolled out to everybody 40-plus, and when you look at what’s happening in the pandemic at the moment, just hearing in Newham sadly there are people in ITU, in intensive care, who are suffering badly from COVID, but they’re all the unvaccinated.
“And what’s happening is if you can get your booster then your immunity goes right back up to 95%.
“So far we’ve got 75% of everybody over 70 getting a booster, there’s a huge number of people, but it’s that further 25% that will make all the difference to winter, to Christmas, to our plans going forward, because it’s that extra level of protection that we really need.
“So the message is, anybody over 70 come forward, get your booster, anybody over 50 comparable and get your booster now, in the next week or so anybody over 40 as well, come forward and get your booster.
“And we’re also doing a second dose for the 16 and 17-year-olds.”
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