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With the ongoing threat of the Omicron variant, the government is urging UK residents to make sure that as many people as possible have the maximum available protection against the mutation.
Boris Johnson has revealed that eligible people over the age of 18 will be allowed to get a coronavirus booster jab before the end of 2021.
As long as it's been three months or longer since a person's second jab, those people will be able to get a booster.
However, because the NHS website has been so busy with regards to booking an appointment, you can now get your jab by finding a local walk-in coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination site via the NHS website.
Instead of waiting in a waiting in a virtual queue to get your appointment, you might be better off going to the local site, if you have one.
The Prime Minister addressed the nation last night (12 Dec) and said: "We're now facing an emergency in our battle with the new variant, Omicron.
"We must urgently reinforce our wall of vaccine protection to keep our friends and loved ones safe.
"We know from bitter experience how these exponential curves develop.
"No one should be in any doubt there is a tidal wave of Omicron coming.
"I'm afraid it is now clear that two doses of vaccine are simply not enough to give a good level of protection.
"But 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.
"I know there will be some people watching who will be asking whether Omicron is less severe than previous variants, and whether we really need to go out and get that booster.
"And the answer is yes, we do. Do not make the mistake of thinking Omicron can't hurt you. It can make you and your loved ones seriously ill."
He explained how Omicron infections are now doubling every two to three days in the UK and said two doses simply isn't enough protection against this new strain.
"We've already seen hospitalisations doubling in a week in South Africa. And we have patients with Omicron in hospital here in the UK right now."
It comes after the UK Covid Alert Level was increased from Level 3 to Level 4 due to a 'rapid increase' in the number of people testing positive for the Omicron variant.
To find out if there's a site near you, where you can potentially get the booster, click on the following link - NHS walk-in vaccination site.
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