Covid booster shots will be available to all over-18s starting TOMORROW, as Boris embarks on a 'national mission' to defeat Omicron.
Boris Johnson announced tonight that everyone in England over the age of 18 will be able to get their Covid booster shot starting TOMORROW.
The promise was made as the Prime Minister announced a "national mission" to defeat the Omicron variant.
"From tomorrow in England, we are opening up the booster to every adult over 18 who has had a second dose of the vaccine at least three months ago," he said in a televised press conference this evening.
"The NHS Booking System will be open for these younger age groups from Wednesday, and that is the best way to guarantee your slot, but you can also walk in from tomorrow in some places."
With The Sun relaunching our hugely successful Jabs Army campaign, data shows boosters offer up to 75% protection from mild Omicron infection.
Mr Johnson stated that getting everyone stabbed as soon as possible will "require an extraordinary effort."
"To keep up the pace we need, we'll have to match the NHS's best vaccination day ever - and then beat it day after day," he added.
"And, as we focus on boosters and meet this new goal, some other appointments will have to be pushed back until the New Year."
Despite the grim statistics, the Prime Minister insisted that "we are a great country" and that the vaccine was still the best hope for returning life to normal.
"We have the vaccines to protect our people," he promised.
"Let's get boosted right now - for yourself, your friends, and your family," says the speaker.
"To safeguard jobs and livelihoods across the United States."
"To safeguard our National Health Service, our liberties, and our way of life"
Johnson's remarks come after the Covid Alert level was raised to four by the UK's four Chief Medical Officers, the second highest level.
"No one should be in any doubt: there is a tidal wave of Omicron coming, and I'm afraid it is now clear that two doses of vaccine are simply not enough to give the level of protection we all need," the PM said in a stark warning to the country.
"However, our scientists are confident that with a third dose - a booster dose - we can all restore our level of protection."
"So we need to get boosted now," he added.
To aid in the booster drive, Johnson announced the formation of 42 military planning teams across the country, the establishment of additional vaccine sites and mobile units, the extension of clinic hours so that clinics are open seven days a week, with more appointments available early in the morning, late at night, and on weekends, and the training of thousands more volunteer vaccine donors.
In the coming days, he said, more measures to combat the drive would be announced.
The increased alert comes after it was revealed today that British people are being treated in hospitals for the Omicron mutation.
Nadhim Zahawi, the Education Secretary, confirmed that there are now patients on wards who have tested positive for the strain, and that there is a race to get all adults the booster shot.
It's unclear whether those in the hospital are seriously ill or in intensive care, and no one has yet died as a result of contracting the variant.
On Wednesday, the Prime Minister delivered a speech to the nation outlining Plan B, which includes making mask use mandatory in some indoor settings and introducing vaccine passports.
Today, 1,239 new Omicron cases were reported, bringing the total number of confirmed variant cases to 3,137.
Cases of the mutation have increased in the last day, according to the UK Health and Security Agency (UKHSA), as fears about Omicron continue to grow.
With today's 1,239 infections, there were 633 new cases of the variant recorded yesterday, indicating that mutation cases are on the rise.
MPs have allegedly been warned to be "on standby" to vote on new restrictions during the Christmas week due to the increasing number of cases.
Plan C could be implemented before Christmas, according to reports, as MPs have been told to prepare for a Parliament recall on December 21 if the Covid situation worsens.
Meanwhile, gloomy health officials have told Sajid Javid to implement Plan C restrictions within a WEEK, according to reports.