No return to shielding but Chris Whitty urges all vulnerable to get 3 jabs AND a booster

BRITS will not be told to return to shielding, Chris Whitty confirmed tonight – but urged all vulnerable to get three jabs AND a booster.

The Chief Medical Officer updated vulnerable people tonight, but told them they should not return to staying inside at the moment, despite the huge spread of omicron.

He appeared alongside Boris Johnson at a press conference this evening, where the pair urged everyone to come forward and get boosted now to have the best chance of fighting the new mutant variant, which is spreading like wildfire.

Professor Whitty told the nation tonight: "shielding came with some very serious downsides for the people involved – including loneliness and mental health issues, practical problems.

"So it's not an area we want to go down if there's any way of avoiding doing so.

"But there is a lot of things we need to be doing for the clinical vulnerable and they include for people who are immunosuppressed.

"Hopefully, most people who are in that situation know that they should get three doses of vaccine as their primary course.

"And then subsequently, they should get a booster on top of that.

"So they should have four doses in comparison to the rest of the population.

"And then we'll be wanting to look at in terms of antiviral drugs, and how we best can use them in this group of people who are particularly high risk."

At a very down-beat press conference this evening:

  • Whitty warned that many more Covid records would be broken in the weeks to come – after Britain recorded the most cases ever today with 78,000 tests
  • He and Boris urged the nation to cut down their socialising to save Christmas – and only prioritise what they really want to do
  • The PM backed No10 staff who he said worked "blindingly hard" during the pandemic – after pictures emerged of staff parties last year
  • And he urged everyone to follow the rules and do their bit to help control the virus
  • He stressed the best thing anyone can do is get their booster as soon as possible

Brits no longer have to stay at home or limit their social life after that advice was lifted following the third national lockdown.

Around four million vulnerable Brits were ordered to avoid contact with others and be careful when going out.

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