Watch live as Sajid Javid gives an update on government’s Covid winter plans
More than 30 million people are set to be offered a booster jab as part of the government’s plan to get the country through coronavirus over the winter and prevent a further lockdown.
As part of the plans all those who are clinically extremely vulnerable and anyone aged 16 to 65 in an at-risk group group for Covid will also be eligible for a jab, as will key workers and all people over-50.
Meanwhile, vaccines minister Nadhim Zahawi today confirmed that children aged 12-15 years old will be able to get a Covid jab starting next week and that they can overrule parents to get the vaccine.
Mr Zahawi said that if a child and parent disagree about taking the vaccine and the child is deemed “competent” by clinicians, then they are able to get the Covid jab.
It comes as Health Secretary Sajid Javid updates the House of Commons on the government’s winter coronavirus plan.
‘Plan B’ to be triggered if NHS becomes overwhelmed
The trigger for ‘plan B’ including mandatory face masks and stay at home guidance would be if the government deems pressure on the NHS to be unsustainable owing to rising hospitalisations, the health secretary has said.
Joanna Taylor14 September 2021 12:57
Mandatory face masks and work from home guidance could return if NHS becomes swamped, Javid says
Contingency measures have been prepared including legally mandating the wearing of face coverings in certain settings if the NHS becomes overwhelmed, the health secretary has said.
He added that vaccine passports will be held in reserve and that working from home guidance could be reinstated if the data supports such a move.
Sajid Javid stressed that these measures are “plan B” and will only be deployed if case rates become unmanageable.
Joanna Taylor14 September 2021 12:53
New travel plan to be announced
New travel plan to be announced before next review on 1 October, the health secretary has said.
Joanna Taylor14 September 2021 12:49
Face masks and meeting outdoors to be encouraged, Javid says
The government will encourage people to take steps such as meeting outdoors when possible, letting in fresh air indoors and wearing face masks this winter to combat coronavirus, the health secretary has said.
Joanna Taylor14 September 2021 12:48
‘High likely’ vaccines will be mandatory for NHS front line workers, Javid says
It is “highly likely” that vaccination will be mandatory for frontline NHS staff and social care workers, the health secretary has said.
Sajid Javid told the Commons that a final decision will not be made until consultation on the matter is complete but that he believes the move is likely to go ahead.
Joanna Taylor14 September 2021 12:45
Children aged 12-15 will be offered coronavirus vaccines in England
Children aged 12 to 15 will be offered coronavirus vaccines, Sajid Javid has confirmed.
The health secretary told the Commons that the government has accepted the recommendation of the UK’s four chief medical officers.
Joanna Taylor14 September 2021 12:41
Booster jabs to be offered from next week
The NHS is preparing to offer booster jabs from next week, Sajid Javid has told the Commons.
Joanna Taylor14 September 2021 12:40
Booster shots will have ‘big impact’ on immunity, JCVI chair says
JCVI chair Professor Wei Shen Lim has said that booster jabs will have a “big impact” on immunity.
“If we are running at a vaccine effectiveness of let’s say 90%, and it drops to 80%, it may not seem like very much,” he said at a Downing Street press conference.
“But for a certain proportion of people who are being admitted to hospital when vaccine effectiveness is at 90% then you double the drop, you might find that you are doubling the number of people who are admitted to hospital.
“So it does have a big impact because we’re talking about the entire population here and not just a single individual.”
He added that the booster dose should be administered six months after a person’s second jab.
Joanna Taylor14 September 2021 12:33
Booster jab rollout could begin ‘within days’
The rollout of booster jabs could begin within days, England’s deputy chief medical officer has said.
“My personal view is this needs to start very quickly,” Professor Jonathan Van Tam told a Downing Street press conference.
“The NHS has been planning for it for quite some time – months – and I would expect that, subject to ministerial go-ahead… I would expect them to be able to start in a short number of days, not a short number of weeks.”
Joanna Taylor14 September 2021 12:28
Welsh government to begin vaccinating 12 to 15-year-olds
Children aged between 12 and 15 will be offered coronavirus vaccines from next week, the Welsh government has announced.
Eluned Morgan, minister for health and social services, announced at a briefing that the Welsh government has accepted the UK chief medical officers’ advice to begin vaccinating children in this age group.
“Today I have accepted this advice and we will now begin preparations to invite 12 to 15-year-olds who have not yet been vaccinated to have a first dose of the Pfizer vaccine,” she said.
“And that rollout will start next week.”
Joanna Taylor14 September 2021 12:23