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Government sets out its autumn/winter plan to tackle COVID-19

By September 17, 2021No Comments

The Government has set out is COVID-19 Autumn and Winter 2021 plan, with a Plan A and Plan B format. Plan A focusses on promoting the vaccination of those not yet inoculated, a new booster jab programme for millions of people and offering vaccinations to the 12-15 year old age group. This Plan A will encourage the continual use of testing, case tracing and self-isolation for those who are infected with coronavirus. Health Minister Sajid Javid told the House of Commons that Plan A is a way of managing the virus, “without the need for stringent economic and social restrictions”.

Plan B’s principle aim (if put in place) is to prevent the NHS from being overwhelmed and would lead to the public being urged to act more cautiously, mandatory vaccine passports could be used for mass events and legally-mandated face covering for certain locations. Vaccine passports for all nightclubs and crowded settings such as music venues in the case of the backup plan. Mr Javid confirmed that vaccine passports are being held as a reserve option to MPs in his address today.

“The thing I would stress about Plan B is that it contains a number of different shots in the locker and you wouldn’t necessarily play them all at once, far from it,” Mr Johnson said at the Downing Street Conference on Tuesday afternoon.

The UK is also committing to its ‘international approach’ to combatting the virus. The Government will cooperate with international partners on the global push for vaccinations, and ensure border security is effective in blocking variants of concern from entering the UK.