As the government announces intentions to rapidly scale up booster shots, the Omicron version of Covid-19 has been discovered in Liverpool.
Today, eight more cases of the worrisome new variety were confirmed in England, bringing the total of cases to 13, with nine cases reported in Scotland.
Now there are two cases in Barnet, one in Brentwood, two in Camden, one in Haringey, one in Liverpool, one in north Norfolk, one in Nottingham, one in Sutton, another in Wandsworth, and another two in Westminster, according to the UK Health Service Agency.
In the coming days, this figure is projected to increase.
Persons who have failed tests, as well as their contacts, are being quarantined, as according officials.
Mr Johnson stated today at a Downing Street news conference that the objective now is to provide booster shots to all people who are eligible by the end of January, with the scheme being greatly expanded.
He said it will be done in the same way as past vaccination rollouts, with five-year intervals between each age group, with the most vulnerable being given priority.
People are being advised not to arrange a booster until their age group has been notified by the NHS.
“We’re going to put everything at it to make sure we can provide this to everyone in two months,” the Prime Minister added.
“Like Christmas trees, temporary vaccination clinics will spring up all over the place.
He said, ” “I understand our frustration and tiredness at the prospect of having to go through it all again.
Our current situation will always be far superior than that of a year ago.
“It’s time for another great British inoculation effort, we’ve done this before, we’ll do it again – let’s not give this virus a second opportunity,” Mr Johnson said, noting that he will get his booster shot on Thursday.
“We can now put our booster program on steroids,” said Health Secretary Sajid Javid.