Boosters for everyone by JANUARY: Boris drafts in army, pays ‘overworked’ GPs £15 a jab and overtime to work Sundays and unveils huge recruitment drive to hit 500,000 jabs a day as he begs volunteers for ‘another great British vaccination effort’

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  • boris johnson new vaccination centers will ‘pop up like a christmas tree’ across the country today
  • He set the government’s new plan to triple-pocket all adults by the end of January to deal with Omicron.
  • Cases of the variant were seen in Barnet and Haringee in London, Liverpool, North Norfolk and Sutton.
  • Are you unable to book a booster vaccine near you? Or do you face a long wait? Email [email protected]

Kovid Booster Program: Key Points

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– Every adult in the UK over the age of 18 will be offered a coronavirus booster jab by the end of January

– Jobs will be offered in descending age groups of five years, starting with older adults and those most vulnerable before moving down

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– The NHS will contact people when they are able to book an appointment for a job

– There will be 1,500 community pharmacy sites to administer the jabs and all will be asked to increase capacity

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– Additional vaccination centers will be opened in hospitals across the country while temporary vaccination centers will also be set up

– 30 hospitals are already offering jobs to the public and dozens more will follow

– Combined there will be around 3,000 sites across the UK that offer vaccination

– At least 400 military personnel will be deployed to help deliver jabs to NHS staff and volunteers

The UK has already distributed 18 million boosters, more than any other country other than the US and China.

This is equivalent to 27.2 percent of the entire UK population. Some 53 million will eventually be eligible and 22m will be eligible now.

, Community pharmacists will be encouraged to give more jabs, increasing the pay for the standard delivery of vaccinations to £15 per shot.

– If pharmacists work on Sundays they will be offered an additional £5 per shot

– Pharmacies will be offered a £30 premium for vaccinations given to people living in the home

– The Care Quality Commission will continue to pause routine inspections of general practice to free up physicians’ time

– The NHS is considering eliminating the 15-minute wait after vaccination to increase the number of people who can access small spaces

– The NHS is recruiting for 10,000 new paid vaccinator roles as well as an army of ‘tens of thousands’ new volunteers to help with the campaign

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Boris Johnson today unveiled the UK’s massive new booster vaccine drive, as he pledged a third dose to all adults by the end of January, after eight more cases of the strain were found in England with the new Omicron supermutant Covid variant. to shield the nation against. The UK has a total of 22 cases, according to official figures, but there has been a decline in total cases, deaths and hospital admissions.

The Prime Minister announced that he was drafting again into the military to help complete the programme, and would offer GPs an additional £15 for every injection as he pledged to deliver another ‘great British vaccination effort’. I promised.

GPs will be awarded a £5 bonus per shot if they do so on Sunday and a £30 premium for shots given to the most vulnerable who are unable to leave their homes. The government is recruiting 10,000 more paid vaccine volunteers and ‘tens of thousands’ of volunteers to help with this massive campaign.

But it will mean fewer face-to-face GP appointments for non-Covid patients, who are already running about a fifth below pre-pandemic levels.

Despite Omicron seeing new cases across the country, Britain’s overall infection numbers continued to decline today, with 39,716 positive tests recorded in the past 24 hours.

This was down 6.5 per cent from last Tuesday’s figure of 42,484 and there has been a decline in the marked cases for the fourth consecutive day.

Meanwhile, the death toll from the virus fell by 3.6 per cent to 159 today and hospitalizations fell 6.1 per cent to 718 on Friday, for which the latest data is available.

Scientists caution that the boosters probably won’t provide the same level of protection against Omicron as they do against Delta because the new strain is so developed.

But the No10 hopes the immunity top-up will give people at least some extra protection against the variant.

Moderna warned today that there is a “material decline” in the effectiveness of existing vaccines, particularly against infections.

But Pfizer has said it fully expects existing vaccines to provide a high level of protection against hospitalization and death. Both companies are working on Omron-specific booster shots that will be available from mid-2022.

Mr Johnson told a Downing Street briefing that new vaccination centers would ‘pop up like a Christmas tree’ to get boosters in arms in the coming months, following reports that dozens of elderly and vulnerable people across the country were getting their jabs before boosters. were fighting for. The drive was extended.

He said ‘proportionate’ restrictions, including mandatory face masks on public transport and in shops, nail salons and hairdressers, have been brought in to buy scientists time to ‘crack the Omicron code’ and not take ‘a minute more than necessary’ Will be ,

But there are concerns about whether the booster drive will be able to cope with the increase in demand. The program already had a backlog of over 7 million people before it expanded.

Of the 25 million Britons over the age of 40 who were eligible yesterday, only 18 million came forward for one.

The new guidance change means that 53 million people age 18 and older will eventually be eligible, as long as it’s been three months since their second dose.

The new advice immediately qualified an additional 6.9 million people over the age of 40, as well as 7 million Britons between 18 and 39. In total, 40 million people are eligible today.

Speaking at a Downing Street press conference this evening, Mr Johnson said: ‘Now is the time for another great British vaccination effort….

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