Health Secretary Sajid Javid told Parliament that people would need two doses and a booster to be declare fully vaccinated for travel and domestic events
The NHS Covid pass will need three doses to be valid once the boosters have been around for a reasonable time, the Health Secretary Sajid Javid has confirmed.
People will no longer be classed as “fully vaccinated” unless they have had two main doses and a booster, once every adult has had “a reasonable amount of time” to get jabbed.
Mr Javid was speaking in the House of Commons when he made the announcement.
Replying to a question from the opposition about the lateral flow and PCR tests being out of stock today, he added that there are millions of tests in stock but the “limiting factor” is the capacity to deliver them.
Mr Javid said the government has reached “new arrangements” with companies including Amazon to ensure tests get delivered.
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On the target of offering every adult a chance to get jabbed with their booster by the end of the year, he added: “That does not mean every single person necessarily can get that booster.
“it requires them to come forward and taken up that offer, as well as everything else going right in this huge expansion plan.”
Earlier today government data revealed that 38 more people had died of coronavirus in the last 24 hours.
Figures also showed that infections have increased by 54,661 in the last day.
NHS England also announced it will return to level 4 – the highest level of emergency preparedness – with the Omicron variant causing alarm among experts.
The news comes as the Omicron variant looks set to become the dominant strain of coronavirus in London by tomorrow, just weeks after it was first detected in the UK.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the strain will be responsible for the majority of infections in the capital by Tuesday, and has warned of a “tidal wave” of cases across the country.
The first UK cases of Omicron were only confirmed on November 27 and the speed of its spread has alarmed ministers and prompted a dramatic acceleration of the booster jab programme.
Mr Johnson said today: “We can see Omicron spiking now in London and some other parts of the country.
“Here, in the capital, it probably represents about 40% of the cases. By tomorrow, it will be the majority of the cases and it’s increasing the whole time.”
The UK Health Security Agency has previously projected that Omicron could become the dominant variant across the country by the middle of the month.
Speaking at a vaccination centre in Paddington, west London, Mr Johnson confirmed the first death in the UK of a patient with Omicron.
“I think the idea that this is somehow a milder version of the virus, I think that’s something we need to set on one side and just recognise the sheer pace at which it accelerates through the population,” he said.
“So the best thing we can all do is get our boosters. We’re opening up centres across the country.
“We’re getting in the Army to help with the logistics, we’re expanding in every possible way.
“And what we need now is for the public to respond. And to do what is necessary: get boosted now.”
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.