Posted: 14.09.21 at 15:58 by LAYTH YOUSIF @HitchinNubNews
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has laid out plans to combat the spread of Covid this autumn and winter.
Under what ministers describe as 'Plan A', the frontline defences against coronavirus include encouraging unvaccinated people to get the jab, vaccinating 12 to 15-year-olds and launching a booster programme.
Testing, tracing and self-isolation for those who are infected by Covid would be another crucial defence.
While businesses and companies are also being encouraged to consider using the NHS Covid Pass to check the vaccination status of customers.
Everyone over 50 will also be asked to receive a booster from the next week onwards.
Johnson started his speech by asking people to remember what the situation was like a year ago, in September 2020. In one respect, the situation is worse this September he said, adding, that cases are higher.
However, he insisted the county including Hitchin and North Herts is 'incomparably better placed to fight the disease' because of the vaccine programme.
He also explained that the vaccine-induced falls in deaths have been 'extraordinary'.
He also asked people to meet outside when they can, in a move which will bring back memories of many in Hitchin meeting up in Market Place during three lockdowns.
The PM also asked people to use a face covering in public situations and with people you are unfamiliar with.
Furthermore, it was stressed that, depending on your age, you are up to nine times more likely to die if you are unvaccinated than if you have had both jabs to boost your immune system.
Speaking at a televised press conference from Downing Street he said: "We will continue to offer testing, we will continue to urge everyone to be sensible, to be responsible.
"Wash your hands, use ventilation, consider wearing a face covering in crowded places with people that you don’t know, stay at home if you feel unwell, download and use the app."
Johnson added that Covid remains a risk. But he says he is confident they can turn 'jabs, jabs, jabs” into “jobs, jobs, jobs'.
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