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Boris Johnson announcement – 4 Covid booster jabs vital for vulnerable says NHS boss as Brits face fines under new rules

THE most vulnerable in the country are set to get four coronavirus jabs in a race to stop the spread of the Omicron variant, an NHS chief has revealed.

NHS England's chief executive, Amanda Pritchard, today said that millions more people are eligible for boosters.

Speaking at a Downing Street press conference this afternoon she said that the NHS would be following new advise from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI).

She said: "We will vaccinate the most vulnerable first and then open it up in other waves."

Meanwhile, adults face fines of up to £10,000 if they don't self-isolate under strict new Covid rules.

Punishments will be dished out to anyone who fails to stay at home for 10 days after coming into contact with a confirmed Omicron case - regardless of how many jabs they have had.

Penalties for refusing to remain inside start at £1,000 but rise to £10,000 for repeat offences or serious breaches.

Read our Omicron live blog for the latest news and updates...

  • Boris Johnson's new plans

    BORIS Johnson today unveiled his battleplan to offer booster jabs to every British adult by the end of January.

    Hundreds more NHS vaccination sites are opening nationally, and the army is set to be drafted in to turbo-charge the fight against Omicron.

    Speaking to the nation he outlined aims to put rocket boosters under the jabs programme, and increase the number of doses administered every week from 2.5 million to 3.5 million.

    Amid his rallying cry to get every adult signed up for their booster shot, Boris said: "The best way to show our grit is to do our bit and step forward when time comes for the booster.

    "I've been waiting patiently for my moment to come. It's happening on Thursday I'm pleased to say.

    "So whenever your turn comes, get your booster and ask your friends and your family to do the same.

    "It's time for another great British vaccination effort. We've done it before and we're going to do it again. And let's not give this virus a second chance."

  • 'Step up & roll up our sleeves'

    Sajid Javid said a normal festive season hinges on people booking their third shots - and that it is a "national mission".

    "If we want to give ourselves the best chance of a Christmas with our loved ones, the best thing we all do is step up. roll up our sleeves and get protected when the time comes," he said.

  • Vaccinated adults face £10,000 fine

    VACCINATED adults face fines of up to £10,000 if they don't self-isolate under strict new Covid rules.

    Punishments will be dished out to anyone who fails to stay at home for 10 days after coming into contact with a confirmed Omicron case - regardless of how many jabs they have had.

    Brits will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace if they have mixed with a positive case and told to quarantine immediately.

    Penalties for refusing to remain inside start at £1,000 but rise to £10,000 for repeat offences or serious breaches.

    The new legislation came into force at 4am today in response to the rapidly spreading variant.

  • Cash for jabs

    In order to 'reward' hard working staff for the jabs rollout, NHS England's chief executive, Amanda Pritchard said a cash incentive would be implemented.

    She explained that GPs and pharmacies would be offered £15 per jab until the end of January, with an extra £5 for those administered on a Sunday and a £30 premium for those delivered to the housebound until the end of next month.

    This, she said, is to make sure as many jabs as possible are being delivered.

    Prime Minister Boris Johnson also this afternoon revealed that the army, along with pop up sites would also be rolled out to help save Christmas amid the uncertainty of the Omicron variant.

    He did however admit that he couldn't rule out a fresh lockdown, but said tough restrictions were 'unlikely'.

  • 18-39 eligible for Covid booster jabs

    It was yesterday revealed that people aged 18-39 would be eligible for Covid booster jabs but that the vulnerable would still be first in line.

    Those who can currently book through the national booking service include those who are 40 years old and over and those who have a health condition which means they need to be vaccinated first.

  • Most vulnerable Brits will get FOUR Covid jabs

    THE most vulnerable in the country are set to get four coronavirus jabs in a race to stop the spread of the Omicron variant, an NHS chief has revealed.

    It comes as more cases of Omicron were today detected in the UK - now totalling 22.

    NHS England's chief executive, Amanda Pritchard, today said that millions more people are eligible for boosters.

    Speaking at a Downing Street press conference this afternoon she said that the NHS would be following new advise from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI).

    She said: "The NHS Covid programme is in its most complex phase and is working at brake neck speed at this change in eligibility.

    "The JCVI has also recommended the introduction of a fourth jab for the most vulnerable, because they are undergoing chemotherapy or are having other problems with their immune system.

    "We will vaccinate the most vulnerable first and then open it up in other waves."

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  • New pingdemic

    A NEW pingdemic arising from the latest Covid variant would knock at least £2billion off the economy, a think tank claims.

    The Institute of Economic Affairs believes the measures could end up hammering the economy.

    Spokesman Julian Jessop said: “The main short-term risk to the economy comes from the tightening of the self-isolation rules, which could trigger another pingdemic.

    “This would disrupt schools and businesses in the crucial pre-Christmas period.”

    Labour shortages would amplify the impact compared with the July pingdemic — costing £2billion, he added.

    Read the article in full here.

  • Local restrictions?

    Boris Johnson has said that it would be highly unlikely to move back to any measure similar to local restrictions, saying it would be best to be 'all moving around together'.