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Go for that booster jab, MP urges

MP Ian Liddell-Grainger is encouraging constituents to take advantage of the Government’s extended Covid vaccination programme to get protection against the newly-emerged Omicron variant.

He’s also urging any who have so far resisted vaccination of any kind not to continue leaving themselves and their families at risk.

The Government is planning to offer all adults in England a top-up shot by January 31 as a first response to the arrival of the new variant.

Face masks have become compulsory again in shops and on public transport and although there is little likelihood of a pre-Christmas lockdown ministers are recommending that socialising be kept to a minimum.

Mr Liddell-Grainger, MP for Bridgwater and West Somerset, said: “I am aware many families have been looking forward to a more ‘normal’ Christmas after last year’s scaled-back celebrations.

But we already know enough about the Omicron variant to realise that it is much more dangerous – and that merely underlies the importance of taking advantage of whatever protection against it is being offered.

I know there are some people who are still resolutely opposed to vaccination of any type but I really would plead with them to put their personal feelings to one side.

For one thing it is the unvaccinated who are most likely to die from Covid and for another they should consider the safety of their family members, friends and others with whom they may have close contact, all of whom they are actually putting at risk.”

Mr Liddell-Grainger said he utterly rejected any accusations from anti-vaxxers that the Government’s precautions were not science-based.

Ministers have thought long and hard about how we face up to the threat of the Omicron variant and once again it has come down to vaccination being the most effective tool in the box,” he said.

Scientists have already warned any significant reduction in protection against Omicron could still result in a very large wave of infections and a potentially high number of hospitalisations.

Mr Liddell-Grainger said the message could hardly be spelled out any more clearly.

He added: “However much we might want to go back to living normal lives and celebrating a normal Christmas the sound scientific advice clearly shows that it is too early to drop our guard – and that failing to ensure that as many people as possible get the booster jabs could seriously jeopardise our efforts to contain the new threat.”




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