Sajid Javid confirms booster jabs for all adults amid Omicron case rise

The health secretary Sajid Javid has confirmed Covid booster jabs will be offered to all adults in the UK to help stem the emergence of the new Omicron variant.

The health secretary also confirmed the JCVI had approved cutting the gap between second and third doses from six months to three months.

Javid told the Commons the plans “represents a huge step up for our vaccination programme”.

In a press conference held shortly before the health secretary’s statement, deputy chief medical officer for England Jonathan Van-Tam told the public “not to panic” and it “is not all doom and gloom at this stage”.

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