UK PM sets Jan 2022 booster jabs timeline as 'best' Omicron defence

Updated: few hours ago

London, Nov 30 (PTI) Booster COVID-19 vaccines increase the body’s immune response and remain the best single defence against the new Omicron variant of coronavirus, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Tuesday as he confirmed an expansion of the country’s top-up booster vaccination programme.

Addressing a Downing Street press conference, Johnson set an end of January 2022 target for all adults aged over 18 now eligible for a booster vaccine to be offered a top-up dose.

Flanked by his Health Secretary, Sajid Javid, and National Health Service (NHS) England Chief Executive Amanda Pritchard, the UK PM said additional vaccination pop-up centres and 400 military personnel will be deployed to help deliver the expanded booster programme.