After a 15-minute wait, the Pfizer Covid jab was scrapped due to the need for 500k boosters.
NHS England has scrapped the 15-minute wait for patients after receiving the Pfizer Covid vaccine so that more booster shots can be given.
In most cases, recipients are instructed to wait "in the unlikely event that you have a serious reaction to the vaccine."
According to the NHS, "serious allergic reactions to the vaccine are extremely rare," but if they did occur, they would happen within minutes.
According to reports from The Mirror, eliminating the additional wait time after being jabbed will increase NHS capacity by nearly a quarter (23%) in the future.
The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) stated in a statement that the 15-minute wait time is likely to cause more harm than it prevents.
"The Chief Medical Officers (CMOs) of the United Kingdom and lead Deputy Chief Medical Officers (DCMOs) for vaccines have considered whether, in light of the urgent need to speed up vaccination and boosting in response to the Omicron variant, the 15-minute wait for some mRNA COVID-19 vaccines should be suspended," the statement said.
"In their opinion, based on the views of the COVID-19 Vaccine Benefit-Risk Expert Working Group (EWG), NHS planners, and others, the 15-minute wait after a vaccination with mRNA vaccine will cause more harm than good because it will significantly reduce the number of people who can be vaccinated in a short period of time, given the low rates of anaphylaxis and the significant need for people to be boosted or vaccinated."
"Given the current situation, the 15-minute wait for first, second, and homologous or heterologous boost vaccinations with mRNA vaccine should be suspended, with this operationalized in accordance with the needs of each of the four nations."
Boris Johnson accepted a shock model suggesting 200,000 people were infected with Omicron yesterday, and warned ministers that a "huge spike" is on the way.
Long lines have formed at walk-in vaccine centers as people rush to get their booster shots before Christmas, while virtual lines have formed as people try to use the NHS website's booking system.
"The CMOs recognize that this will result in a marginal increase in risk for a very small number of people, but significantly fewer than would be harmed by a slower vaccine rollout in the current public health emergency, resulting in some citizens not getting boosted or vaccinated prior to exposure to Omicron," the DHSC statement continued.
"Any prior vaccination, particularly boosting, is likely to reduce the likelihood of severe disease resulting from Omicron variant infection," says the study.
In light of the growing number of Covid cases, the Prime Minister convened a virtual Cabinet meeting for the first time in months.
Professor Chris Whitty, the Chief Medical Officer, warned ministers that as the number of cases rises, they should expect a "significant increase in hospitalizations," but it was too early to say how severe Omicron was, according to No10.
According to The Sun, Prof Whitty has warned that as a Covid wave engulfs hospital staff, people may have to be turned away from hospitals by mid-January.
As of yesterday, the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) estimated that the new variant was infecting 200,000 people per day.
This figure is much higher than the number of cases reported, which officials attribute to the speed with which the strain spreads and the time it takes for cases to be detected in official tests.
The 200,000 figure is thought to be the middle of the modeling range, so it could be even higher.
With cases doubling every two to three days, by next week there could be a million infections per day.