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Sajid Javid insists it’s NO time for Covid Plan B

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Sajid Javid stressed today that it is not time for the government to put its coronavirus Plan B into effect as he urged people to get their booster shots to ensure the nation is ‘looking forward to Christmas together’.

The health minister said the country is “not at that time” that restrictions should be imposed again.

But he said ‘if we have to take further action with Plan B, then we would’, as he stressed that the government ‘is not complacent in any way’.

Bookings for corona booster shots open this week for people aged 40 and older.

Ministers have been asked new questions about whether they will tie the knot on Plan B after a wave of coronavirus across Europe has led some countries to go back on lockdown measures.

The Netherlands has confirmed a three-week partial lockdown, while Austria will impose a lockdown on unvaccinated people.

Yesterday morning, a further 40,941 Covid cases were confirmed in the UK, while a further 150 people had died within 28 days of testing positive.

Health Secretary Sajid Javid urged today that it is not time for the government to implement its coronavirus Plan B. to put into operation

Ministers have been asked new questions about whether they will tie the knot on Plan B, after a wave of coronavirus across Europe has led some countries to go back on lockdown measures

Ministers have been asked new questions about whether they will tie the knot on Plan B, after a wave of coronavirus across Europe has led some countries to go back on lockdown measures

The government’s plan A to tackle the coronavirus is to rely on the vaccination program and testing to limit the spread of the disease.

Plan B would require vaccine passports to attend certain events and require the return of face masks in certain environments.

Javid was asked during an interview on Sky News this morning whether people should brace themselves for a return of restrictions before Christmas.

The health minister said: ‘As we are all looking forward to Christmas, it is very sad to see the number of cases rising and rising in certain parts of Europe.

“We have always known that this virus, it loves the winter, it loves the cold, dark days that winter brings and we need to make sure we do everything we can to protect ourselves from that.

“What has really made a difference here in the UK is our booster programme, our hugely successful booster programme.

‘Almost 15 million booster shots have already been given, covering a quarter of the population over the age of 12, nearly 400,000 a day in the UK.

“That makes the difference and we know it, because just this week more data has been released following more studies showing that the protection you get from your booster… almost doubles from 50 percent to more than 90 percent.

‘From tomorrow I will expand the booster program to 40 to 49 year olds.

“But we all have a part to play in this, in our national vaccination program and if you’re eligible, whether it’s your first shot, second shot, or your third shot, please come forward and let’s look forward to Christmas together. ‘

When told it might be time for the government to put Plan B into effect, Mr Javid replied: ‘We made a difficult decision at the beginning of the summer.

“Other countries have not followed our course and we have decided that of course we want to open, but if you are going to do that it is best to do it in the summer, it is much safer to do it in the summer.

‘Unfortunately, other countries in Europe did not. But looking ahead, as we look to winter, we need to make sure we remain cautious, we are in no way complacent.

“I’ve mentioned the importance of the booster program, but in terms of any other possible measures we’ve always said we have Plan A and that’s where we stand firmly at the moment.

‘If we had to take further measures with Plan B, we would, but we are not there yet.’

People aged 40 and older can book their third coronavirus vaccination from tomorrow. Sixteen and 17 year olds can also register for their second shot.

People who are eligible for a booster can receive the upgrade shot from six months after their second dose.

But they can book their appointment from 7 a.m. Monday, when the National Booking Service opens to people 40 and older.

More than 14 million boosters and third doses have been administered in the UK since Friday, and over a million re-injections have been registered since Tuesday.

Boris Johnson said last week he could not rule out a lockdown over the Christmas period.

The prime minister said that while the data does not indicate that additional measures are needed at this time, he cannot give any guarantees for the coming weeks and months.

Johnson told a Downing Street press conference: “Clearly we cannot rule out anything and the most important thing people can do to avoid taking further NPIs is to – non-pharmaceutical interventions, i.e. further restrictions – the boosters.” to get.’

The prime minister warned that “storm clouds” were gathering over parts of Europe with a “new wave” of the virus sweeping across the continent.

“We don’t know yet how far this new wave will wash up on our shores, but history shows we can’t afford to be complacent,” he said.

“The countries with lower vaccination rates tend to see greater increases in infections and in turn have been forced to respond with tougher measures, while those countries with higher vaccination rates have fared better so far.

“It shows us that if we want to contain the epidemic here in the UK and if we want to avoid restrictions on our daily lives, we should all get vaccinated as soon as we qualify.”

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