The PM warns we are heading into an “emergency”.
The Prime Minister has written to NHS staff thanking them for their hard work over the past two years but has warned there is still more to do.
It comes after Mr. Johnson warned the country was heading into an “emergency” as COVID-19 numbers start to rise again and the new variant shows some resistance to existing vaccines.
A letter from Boris Johnson to NHS staff reads; “Firstly, I would like to thank each and every one of you for your incredible efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic. I know it has placed extraordinary strain on all NHS staff over a period of nearly two years.
“On behalf of the whole country, I want to acknowledge and praise your extraordinary hard work.
“Like me, you must have hoped that with our booster campaign managing the Delta variant, the worst of the pandemic was behind us. Sadly, as you know, we now face a new variant which is spreading more quickly than ever seen before.
“As we take on this new Omicron variant, evidence suggests that two vaccine jabs do not provide enough protection. I therefore need to call on your help and assistance to deliver the biggest, fastest vaccination drive this country has ever seen.”
Me Johnson goes on to explain; “The aim is simple. Between now and the end of this year, we need to offer jabs to everyone eligible.
“I know this will not be easy. I know that you are tired and weary. But you know how critical it is that we get Britain boosted, and fast. For our part, I can assure you that this Government will do whatever it takes to give you the support you need, and that the whole nation is right behind you, willing you to succeed.
Mr. Johnson, concludes the letter; “Thank you once again for all that you have done and continue to do for us all. On behalf of the whole nation, I am eternally grateful.
The letter has stirred a mix of emotions online with many accusing the PM of “empty” gestures after NHS workers were handed a twelfth below-inflation pay rise.
NursingNotes has approached Nurses United UK for comment on the letter.