What are your thoughts on today's booster jab announcement? Have your say in our poll

By Lizzie McAllister

Nearly half of the UK population will be offered a third dose of the coronavirus vaccine, it was announced today.

All over-50s, as well as care and NHS workers and the clinically vulnerable, will be eligible for a booster jab, with the most at risk likely being offered their vaccination first.

It is hoped that the booster programme will allow the UK to avoid a fourth wave this winter as Deputy Chief Medical Officer Professor Jonathan Van Tam warned of a "bumpy winter" ahead of us.

With third jabs possibly starting in a matter of days, we want to know what you think of the impending booster programme.

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Booster jabs are just one of a number of Covid-related headlines we can expect today.

This afternoon Sajid Javid addressed the Commons, unveiling a contingency 'Plan B' which will come into effect should the current system, dubbed 'Plan A', prove not to be effective as we enter into the winter months.

Plan B may include vaccine passports, which until today had recently been ruled out by the government, as well as the return of compulsory face coverings in indoor public places.

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Although there are no specific metrics for determining if and when Plan B would come into effect, the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care said that the government would continue to monitor data such as number of cases, hospitalisations, and deaths.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson is due to address the nation later today to discuss the 'winter toolkit' that he hopes will prevent the UK from going into a fourth lockdown as temperatures drop and conditions for the virus to thrive improve.


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