The public are being urged to get their booster jabs which will save Christmas and it is up to people if new controls are needed.
Oliver Dowden MP told Sky News, “It is in our hands. If you get the booster when the call comes that is the biggest wall of defence that we have against Covid.
“I am confident that if we stick the course, people take the boosters when they are asked to do so, that vaccine wall will hold up and we will be able to have a decent Christmas this year.
“There are no plans to stop Christmas happening. The huge difference this time is the vaccine.”
He cautioned that new controls could be imposed if the situation “changed dramatically,” such as new variants of the virus.
“We haven’t ruled it out. If the situation changes dramatically we would have to review that again.”
Professor Mike Tildesley, a member of the Scientific Pandemic Influenza Modelling group (Spi-M), told Sky News, “If we look at (the trends) we can see that although there has been quite a lot of variation over the past few weeks, and we’re still reporting very high numbers of cases, the total number of daily hospital admissions and the total number of deaths are quite a long way below where we were in November last year, which should give us some level of confidence.”
He added, “The booster vaccination campaign is going far better than it was a few weeks ago, but there’s still quite a lot of eligible people who have not yet had their booster jab.
“So it’s really important if we do want to avoid restrictions ramping up that we get as many of those people out to get their booster jabs as possible over the next few weeks.”