The government will reveal its plans to live with the coronavirus during the winter season today.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson is due to make an announcement this afternoon, which will include his plans for a booster vaccination program in the coming months.
The government has announced that booster vaccines will be offered to people over 50, those in care homes and health and social care workers on the front lines.
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Publishing will start with the over 70’s and the weakest, understandably.
Health Minister Sajid Javid will set out the details when he unveils the government’s Covid-19 winter plan for England in the House of Commons this afternoon.
Johnson was due to lead a press conference in Downing Street later in the afternoon – but it is unclear whether he will continue to do so following the death of his mother, Charlotte Johnson and Wahl, on Monday.
Before the announcement, Mr Johnson previously said: “The pandemic is not over yet, but thanks to our massive vaccine programme, new treatments and tests, we can live with the virus without significant restrictions on our freedoms.
“I will make a clear plan for the fall and winter, when the virus will have a natural advantage, to protect the gains we’ve made.”
It is believed that ministers will reserve options to return to wearing face masks in public and restore work-from-home advice if cases are lifted again.
However, other procedures have already been suspended – such as requiring vaccination passports for people who go to nightclubs or other crowded places.
Today’s announcement comes after the government announced on Monday that the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine will be offered to children aged 12 to 15 in England, following the advice of senior medical officials in the four UK countries.
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