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What is the new England “winter plan”?

The “Covid-19 Response: Autumn and Winter” plan has been laid out by Parliament. Since the restrictions were lifted in July in England, the government has had to come up with a plan for the winter months to ensure that Covid cases do not overwhelm the NHS. The government have always emphasised that vaccines will help life go back to normal, but with other respiratory viruses being more common over the winter, it is vital that some kind of defence is put in place. 

The government has insisted that a winter lockdown is off the cards and will implement what’s called “plan A.” Plan A includes the following:

  • Children aged 12-15 will be offered a Covid jab.
  • Adults over the age of 50, health workers and vulnerable people will be offered booster jabs. 
  • Continuation of the NHS track and trace app.
  • Flu vaccination roll-out.
  • Encouraging people to wear face coverings in crowded areas.

As a last resort, “plan B” could be put in place if there is a rise in hospitalisations. Plan B would include the following:

  • Compulsory face coverings being required.
  • Requiring people to work from home. 
  • The introduction of vaccine passports.

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