British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced on Sunday evening the launch of an “emergency” vaccine booster campaign to try to avoid a “tidal wave” of cases of the Omicron variant and possible containment in the New Year.
The campaign, titled “Get Boosted Now”, aims to offer a booster anti-Covid vaccine to each eligible adult by the end of the month, four weeks earlier than expected, Boris Johnson said in a televised address.
To achieve this goal, he indicated that the British health system (NHS) will have to offer vaccines to 18 million people in as many days, or one million per day.
This considerable effort, which will be made with the help of the army, is necessary to preserve “the freedoms dearly acquired by the country” in the face of the coronavirus pandemic, underlined the conservative leader.
“No one should have the slightest doubt: an Omicron tidal wave is coming,” he warned, adding that “it is now clear that two doses of vaccine are not enough to provide the level of protection we are expecting to achieve. we all need ”.
This national effort is needed to protect the British from the new variant and prevent further restrictions, such as lockdown, next month, he said, noting that the military has established 42 military planning teams in each. England region to help ‘establish supplementary vaccination sites and mobile units’.
He added that the clinics would “extend their hours of operation so that they remain open 7 days a week, with more appointments in the early mornings, evenings and on weekends.”
To fight against the spread of the Omicron, Boris Johnson announced last week new measures including the return to telework, the obligation to wear a mask in closed spaces and the introduction of the health passport in certain highly frequented places.