About 90% of coronavirus patients in intensive care units have not had a booster injection, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Wednesday, defending his decision not to tighten virus restrictions in England.
Speaking at a vaccination center, Prime Minister Johnson urged people to receive “life-saving” booster shots, saying “the overwhelming majority” of people currently in intensive care in our hospitals have not had any booster injection.
“I have spoken to doctors who say the numbers reach 90% of people in intensive care who are not boosted,” the Prime Minister added in Milton Keynes in central England.
Those who have not been vaccinated are “eight times more likely to be hospitalized,” he warned.
The UK has been hit by a huge wave of the new Omicron variant, with England and Wales reporting a record number of cases on Tuesday. The UK was one of the worst affected countries in Europe with 148,021 deaths.
So far, more than 32.5 million people have received booster shots in the UK, Prime Minister Johnson said.
He urged the 2.4 million people who had two strokes more than six months ago but no recalls to come forward.
While Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales have limited social contact and closed nightclubs ahead of New Year’s celebrations, Prime Minister Johnson has justified his decision not to do so in England.
The heavy use of boosters in England “allows us to move forward with the New Year with the caution that we are,” he said.
The government withheld new restrictions because “we can see the data on the relative softness of Omicron,” Prime Minister Johnson said.
He also pointed out “the very, very clear effect of getting those jabs, boosters in particular,” saying that “that’s what makes a huge difference.”
Prime Minister Johnson had set a goal of offering a reminder to all adults by the end of the year. “What we need to do now is really finish this job,” he said on Wednesday.
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