“Up to 90 per cent” of intensive care patients with Covid have not been boosted, Boris Johnson has said.
The Prime Minister told broadcasters yesterday (December 29) that there are 2.4 million people eligible for their booster jab in the UK who are yet to take up the offer.
The “overwhelming majority” of those in hospital with Covid fall into this category, he added.
The PM said: “I’m sorry to say this but the overwhelming majority of people who are currently ending up in intensive care in our hospitals are people who are not boosted.
“I’ve talked to doctors who say the numbers are running up to 90% of people in intensive care, who are not boosted.
“If you’re not vaccinated, you’re eight times more likely to get into hospital altogether.
“So it’s a great thing to do. It’s very, very important. Get boosted for yourself, and enjoy New Year sensibly and cautiously.”
The NHS has yet to release figures on the vaccination status of people in intensive care.
Research by the Intensive Care National Audit and Research Centre, however, shows most people in intensive care in London who had Covid in November had not been vaccinated.
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The PM said the strong vaccine uptake by the British public meant there would be no new restrictions before the end of 2021.
“That is allowing us to go ahead with New Year in the cautious way that we are,” he said.
But the Prime Minister did acknowledge the rising number of coronavirus infections and hospitalisations.
“The Omicron variant continues to cause real problems. You are seeing cases rising in hospitals,” he told reporters.
“But it is obviously milder than the Delta variant and we are able to proceed in the way that we are.”
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