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UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson warned of a “tidal wave” of Omicron and urged people to get their Covid booster shots in a national broadcast Sunday evening.
“There is a tidal wave of Omicron coming,” Johnson said. “The good news is that our scientists are confident that with a third dose – a booster dose – we can all bring our level of protection back up.”
“At this point, our scientists cannot say that omicron is less severe,” Johnson said. “And even if that proved to be true, we already know it is so much more transmissible that a wave of omicron through a population that was not boosted would risk a level of hospitalization that could overwhelm our NHS, and lead, sadly, to very many deaths.”
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Johnson said he wants all residents over the age of 18 ‘boosted’ by the end of December.
“I say directly to those of you on the front lines: I must ask you to make another extraordinary effort now,” Johnson said. “So we can protect you, and your colleagues, and above all, protect your patients from even greater pressures next year.”
UK PM Boris Johnson: “There is a tidal wave of Omicron coming…The good news is that our scientists are confident that with a third dose – a booster dose – we can all bring our level of protection back up.” pic.twitter.com/dIs5ApVuBZ
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Johnson’s broadcast comes as the British government raised the Covid threat level to 4 – the second highest tier possible.