Video report by Emma Hayward.
As the government ramps up its Covid booster jab campaign in a fight against the Omicron variant, health bosses in Lincolnshire are warning that uptake of vaccines in Boston and other areas is still trailing behind, with nearly a third of residents still yet to have a first dose.
Last night (12 December), Boris Johnson predicted a 'tidal wave' of new cases caused by Omicron and challenged the NHS to deliver the equivalent of a million jabs a day by New Year’s Eve, but locally there are still concerns about how many will take up the offer.
Lincolnshire's Assistant Director for Public Health Andy Fox is appealing for people to get jabbed
In a fresh plea to back the NHS and government campaigns, Lincolnshire’s Assistant Director for Public Health Andy Fox said it is vital to get booked in, and efforts are being stepped up in Boston to encourage positive conversations around vaccines in the community.
The UK Covid alert level has been raised following a rapid increase in Omicron cases being recorded.
The country’s four chief medical officers and NHS England’s national medical director have recommended to ministers that the UK go up to Level 4 from Level 3.
The decision to increase the alert level follows advice from the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) after a further 1,239 confirmed cases of the Omicron mutation were recorded in the UK as of Sunday.