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‘Jingle jabs’ queues as UK battles COVID

Queues have formed at pharmacies across England as people wait to get Christmas Day jabs as the fight against COVID-19 goes on.

People were seen waiting for their ‘jingle jabs’ as the vaccination booster program continued over the festive period in England.

Health Secretary Sajid Javid urged people to “make the booster a part of your Christmas this year”, as figures showed the scale of the threat from the Omicron variant.

“More than 30 million booster jabs have been administered across the UK but we need to go further,” Javid said.

Dr Emily Lawson, head of the COVID-19 vaccination program run by Britain’s National Health Service, said it was “fantastic” to see people coming forward on Christmas Day.

“We have seen so many records broken in the lead up to Christmas Day, and it has been humbling to see first-hand the amazing work done at vaccination sites, who for the last year have gone above and beyond to get people vaccinated,” Dr Lawson said.

A further 122,186 COVID-19 cases were recorded in the UK as of 9am on Christmas Eve, another daily record, while 137 people had died within 28 days of testing positive.

There were 1171 COVID-19 hospital admissions in the UK on December 20, up 30 per cent week-on-week and the highest number since February 19.

Figures reported on December 23 showed 32,290,487 booster and third doses had been given, a day-on-day rise of 605,561.

Vaccination clinics in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are closed for Christmas Day.

Russell George, the Conservative shadow health minister for Wales, said the decision there not to offer jabs on Boxing Day either would be met with “much bemusement by families and businesses” as “we are in a race against Omicron”.

The threat posed by the Omicron wave was underlined by a “sobering” Office for National Statistics estimate that 1.7 million people in the UK had COVID-19 in the week ending December 19, the highest number since comparable figures began in autumn 2020.

UK Health Security Agency chief Jenny Harries said there was a “glimmer of Christmas hope” in data published on Thursday suggesting the Omicron strain might cause less severe illness than the previously dominant Delta variant.

The UKHSA data has fuelled speculation in Westminster that Prime Minister Boris Johnson will resist imposing further restrictions in England after Christmas.

In Scotland, nightclubs will close for at least three weeks from December 27 as part of a package of measures to control the spread of the virus, while clubs in Wales and Northern Ireland will close from Boxing Day.

But in England, the government may choose to issue new voluntary guidance on limiting contacts rather than risk another damaging party rebellion by recalling parliament to impose new rules.

The Prime Minister has indicated he will not hesitate to act after Christmas if required, with Monday expected to be the first opportunity for ministers to consider whether further changes are needed.

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