This Tuesday, Prime Minister from United Kingdom, Boris Johnson, will announce new restrictions against coronavirus, starting next winter. “The pandemic is far from over, but thanks to our phenomenal program of vaccines, new treatments and tests, we can live with the virus without significant restrictions on our freedoms,” Johnson said in a statement.
The British government has already indicated that it will scrap plans for vaccine passports to be required to enter nightclubs, relinquish some of its emergency powers, and use lockdowns only as a last resort. “Today I will establish a clear plan for the fall and winter, when the virus has a natural advantage, to protect the progress we have made,” added the premier.
Johnson lifted the latest coronavirus restrictions in England in July, taking advantage of the more favorable conditions of the summer school holidays, observing a “return to normalcy.” On the other hand, the British Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunization (JCVI) recommended giving booster doses to people over 50 years of age and immunosuppressed.
According to the JCVI, the third dose should be given six months after a second injection, paving the way for an extensive revaccination program in the UK. “The main objective of the reinforcement program is to extend that protection and reduce serious cases as we move into the colder months,” said the profesor Wei Shen Lim of the JCVI, Reuters reported.
The United Kingdom has registered 134,000 deaths from coronavirus and more than 7 million cases. So far, 44 million people have received two doses of the vaccine, 81% of those over the age of 16. On Monday, the government announced that adolescents between the ages of 12 and 15 would also be offered vaccinations.