‘Absolute nonsense!’ Chaos as Bone clashes with Jacqui Smith over booster jabs campaign

Booster jabs: Peter Bone explodes at Jacqui Smith

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Ms Smith clashed with Conservative MP Peter Bone on BBC Politics Live. She believes the allegation of a Downing Street Christmas party is overshadowing efforts encouraging Britons to come forward for their booster jabs. The Government has said a third jab is vital in the race against the spread of the Omicron variant.

Jacqui Smith said: “Shouldn’t you be more worried about the fact that your ministers haven’t been able to get out this week and promote the booster campaign?

“Because the leadership is so poor! We all know Sajid Javid couldn’t do his media rounds yesterday!”

Mr Bone insisted the UK has had the “best vaccination programme throughout Europe” and been “world leading” as he attempted to dispel accusations ministers are not promoting the booster programme.

He replied: “We have saved millions of lives. To suggest we are not promoting that is nonsense! Absolute nonsense!”

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While Jacqui Smith agreed with Mr Bone about the success of the vaccination programme, she said the NHS should be hailed – not the Government.

Mr Bone disagreed, suggesting the success of the jab rollout was instead down to the Government and the UK not being in EU.

The former Labour MP branded the claims “nonsense”. 

Sajid Javid urges public to get their booster vaccinations

On Wednesday the Government called on all over-40s and those in high risk groups to come forward and book their third booster jab as they attempt to tackle the spread of the Omicron coronavirus variant.

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Boosters can be recieved three months after a second dose of a coronavirus vaccine, with the Government arguing they will offer the best protection against the new variant, despite little being known about it. Over 34 percent of Britons have now had their booster.

Amanda Pritchard, NHS England chief executive, said: “There is a lot we do not know about the Omicron variant but experts believe that even if existing vaccines are less effective they will give protection.”

On Wednesday evening, the Prime Minister moved to Plan B of the Covid winter plan to slow down the spread of the new variant, which is doubling in case numbers every two days.

Plan B sees the return of working from home for all that are able to, vaccine passports for large venues or proof of a negative lateral flow test, and compulsory mask wearing in indoor settings.

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