Boris Johnson says vaccines are the key to no more lockdowns


he Prime Minister said the success of the vaccine rollout gave him the “confidence” the country would not have to have more lockdowns.

He said: “When you’ve got a large proportion, as we have now, with immunity, then smaller changes can make a bigger difference and give us the confidence that we don’t have to go back to the lockdowns of the past.”

Boris Johnson outlined his Covid winter plan which included booster jabs for those in care homes as well as for frontline health and social care workers.

Plan B includes vaccine passports and mask mandates among other potential ways to tackle the pandemic.

The Prime Minister refused to give specific details on how bad a future wave of covid-19 would have to get for the Government to impose its “plan B” restrictions which he said had “a number of different shots in the locker”.

Mr Johnson said vaccine passports would have been a “game changer” for businesses last year.

The Prime Minister told the Downing Street press conference: “If you think a year ago, where we were last September, can you imagine if we’d had then Covid certification?

“We would have been able, with that tool, to keep open businesses that had been forced to close and were going through an absolute wretched time. They would’ve been a game changer, a lifesaver, last year.

“So, I think they’re an important part of our repertoire.”

Mr Johnson said “we’re going to keep going” with the coronavirus strategy despite the risks.

He said: “The result of this vaccination campaign is we have one of the most free societies and one of the most open economies in Europe.


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