Downing Street today refused to give a timeline for when the definition of ‘fully-vaccinated’ will be changed – amid fears millions of recently-infected people could be left in limbo.
No10 confirmed that the government is looking at changing the status to include boosters, as Boris Johnson urges Britons to take up the offer of jabs.
But those who have had Covid within the past 28 days are unable to receive the booster immediately.
The PM’s spokesman stressed that those who had been unable to get their third dose due to contracting Covid – which means you should not have it for 28 days – will be given an ‘opportunity to do that’.
An estimated 3.7 million people in the UK had the virus in the week ending December 31, up from 2.3 million in the week to December 23 and the highest number since comparable figures began in autumn 2020, the Office for National Statistics said.
It has raised some confusion over whether they will face curbs in coming weeks if the definition of fully-vaccinated is changed.
A total of 247,478 booster and third doses of Covid-19 vaccine were reported across the UK today.
The Prime Minister’s official spokesman was asked whether entry to large venues or being free from quarantining after travel would be dependent on having the booster jab.
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He said: ‘I think the Prime Minister’s talked about this on a number of occasions and we’ve always said that, given what we know about waning immunity, it’s right to look at what constitutes being fully vaccinated.
‘As the Prime Minister said in the press conference, I think just this week, we also want to make sure that those who had Covid and are more than willing to get their booster but just haven’t been able to because of contracting Covid, we want to give them an opportunity to do that.
‘So we’re keeping that under review, but obviously we would confirm if there were any further changes.’
Asked when the definition of fully vaccinated would change, he added: ‘Again, we haven’t set a specific time, we’ve said that it’s something we want to look at and keep under review given what we know about waning immunity, but beyond that we haven’t set a date.’
More than 34.8 million booster and third doses have now been delivered in the UK, with 1.3 million in the past seven days.
Around 65 per cent of all adults in the UK have now received a booster or third dose.
Cabinet ministers this week reportedly discussed denying entry to large venues and the right to quarantine-free travel to those who refuse to get a booster jab.
The Times said ministers on the Government’s Covid-O committee discussed plans to make third jabs a mandatory requirement for Covid passes as it looks to incentivise the remaining eligible adults to take up the offer of another vaccination dose.
Implementation of the plans are likely to be delayed until at least next month to give people whose boosters were delayed because they contracted the virus time to get jabbed, the newspaper said, but the move could put Boris Johnson on another collision course with rebel Tory backbenchers.
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