HOLIDAYMAKERS will soon need all three of these planes to fly abroad without quarantine, Boris Johnson warned tonight.
At a press conference in Downing St, the Prime Minister addressed the risk of restrictions on the movement of nine million eligible Britons that had not yet been intensified.
He said: “There have been cases of traveling to some countries where you need a booster shot to be considered fully vaccinated.
“And it’s likely that over the course of a few weeks this will increasingly become the norm.”
The PM is also strengthening the domestic definition of “fully vaccinated” to include boosters to help speed up the deployment and defeat of Omicron.
That means footie fans and nightclub members will soon need all three dots on their Covid passports.
But he promises it won’t take effect until people have a realistic chance of getting their boosters.
There are many people who want a vaccine but are forced to wait a few weeks after being infected by Christmas.
The Prime Minister also confirmed that he will stop imposing any new restrictions and will instead stick with Plan B, which includes vaccine passports.
He’s also betting big on ramping up deployment, which the Jab Sun’s Army campaign is helping by getting shots in weapons.
Ministers are also confident that Omicron is much milder than previous strains after studies showed it reduced the risk of serious illness by up to 70%.
In the main developments:
- A record 218,000 cases were recorded today as Omicron spikes
- 100,000 critical workers will be fast tracked to check side flow
- Millions of students will wear masks in class today when they return
- Scientists were “cautiously optimistic” that Covid was leveling in London
- Ministers refuse to fear ramped-up rollout is slowing
- A vaccine expert said the worst days of the pandemic were “behind us”.
At the Prime Minister’s press conference tonight all but ruled out new restrictions in the coming months.
“I would say we have a good chance of getting through the Omicron wave without further restrictions – and certainly without the lockdown,” he said.
The Prime Minister said he would propose to the Cabinet tomorrow that the nation should maintain the Plan B measures of wearing masks, working from home and through Covid.
However, the Prime Minister is facing urgent calls to cut the quarantine period from seven to five days to ease pressure on the absence of staff provided by Omicron.
Cabinet ministers have been asked to come up with contingency plans in case key sectors struggle due to intense staff shortages.
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Troops can even be deployed to fill the absence of key workers if needed.
A spokesman for the Prime Minister said: “All departments have been asked to consider how they minimize large-scale absenteeism in their relevant workforces, by up to 25%.”
Children are also facing chaos on their first day back to school as teacher shortages threaten more closures and a resumption of distance learning takes a toll on students.
Tory MPs are among those calling for cuts to the quarantine period to speed up the return to work.
But ministers say it could be spectacularly counterproductive and could lead to more infections in general.
Vaccines Minister Maggie Thgroup said: “We don’t feel there is a need for further reductions as we would be very concerned that people will still be infected and possibly transmit the disease.”
Ministers and experts are increasingly optimistic that doomsday predictions of flooded hospitals will be avoided.
Matthew Taylor, chief executive of NHS Confederation, said hospitalizations appeared to be “probably already high in London”.
Leading professor Neil Ferguson also believes rates in the capital could level off after the Christmas peak.
“I think I’m cautiously optimistic that the infection rate in London in that key 18-50 age group, which has fueled the Omicron epidemic, may have dropped, it’s too early to tell,” he said. whether they decrease or not..”
And Oxford’s director of vaccines, Sir Andrew Pollard, praises that “the worst is behind us. We just need to get through the winter.”
https://www.thesun.ie/travel/8156476/boris-johnson-warns-three-jabs-travel/ Boris Johnson says Brits will soon need three prongs to go abroad without quarantine