The Chief Medical Officer added that there would be a “very high peak” of cases in “a matter of days to a very small number of weeks”. He noted that in the run-up to Christmas, with the NHS already facing a mounting backlog, “this could not have happened in a more difficult time.”
Speaking this afternoon to an NHS England COVID-19 vaccination update for healthcare professionals, Professor Whitty reiterated that the Government believed that a third booster jab was the “number one priority” to stop the NHS being overwhelmed, Express.co.uk can reveal.
Last night, Boris Johnson called on all UK adults to receive a third dose of the Covid vaccine, as there was “a tidal wave of Omicron coming”.
The Prime Minister announced that he was bringing forward the target to offer every adult a third jab forward by a month, to the end of the year.
Today, another 1,576 cases of Omicron were reported across the UK, taking the total to 4,713.
Speaking to NHS professionals, Professor Whitty said: “I think people have seen the headlines. They will have seen that the rate of increase at the moment across much of the country is this Omicron variant is going up with a doubling time that somewhere between two and three days.