Moronic Variant

JCVI Recommends That All Adults Should Receive Booster Jabs – And Approves Use of The Pfizer Jab For 12 to 15 Year-Olds

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has declared that the time between receiving the second dose of the vaccine and the booster jab should be cut from six months to only three months, allowing those aged between 18 to 39 years-old to receive one much earlier than expected. The JCVI came to this decision as research has suggested that higher antibody levels are better prepared against the Omicron variant. In addition, the JCVI has approved the second dose of the Pfizer vaccine for children aged 12 to 15 years-old. The Times has more.

The move, which will prove a huge logistical challenge for the NHS, comes after early evidence suggested that higher antibody levels may offer better protection against the variant.

The JCVI is now advising that all adults aged 18 to 39 years-old should be offered a booster dose, in order of descending age groups. Those aged 40 years-old and over are already eligible.

In further advice, young people aged 12 to 15 years-old should be offered a second dose of the Pfizer vaccine, no sooner than 12 weeks after their first dose.

The JCVI also said that severely immunosuppressed people should be offered a booster dose no sooner than three months after completing their primary course of three doses.

Professor Wei Shen Lim, Chairman of the JCVI said: “Having a booster dose of the vaccine will help to increase our level of protection against the Omicron variant.

“This is an important way for us to reduce the impact of this variant on our lives, especially in the coming months.

“If you are eligible for a booster, please take up the offer and keep yourself protected as we head into winter.”

The JCVI said that both the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines can be given as a booster for adults, with equal preference given to both.

Laws requiring facemasks in shops and public transport, along with new quarantine rules for all travellers into Britain, will come into effect at 4am tomorrow. Ministers said that this was a “proportionate” response to the emergence of a variant that scientists believe may be the most dangerous yet.

Conservative backbenchers are pressing for an early vote on the rules after Sajid Javid, the Health Secretary, suggested that Parliament may not get a chance to approve the changes until after they are reviewed in three weeks. Ministers have said that the introduction of measures such as working from home and vaccine passports, which are strongly opposed by many Tory MPs, do not require a vote.

Worth reading in full.

Omicron is an Anagram of Moronic – Which Helps Explain the Government’s Idiotic New Measures to Curb the Spread of the New Virus

At a special Downing Street press conference convened at 5pm, the Prime Minister announced that face coverings would become mandatory in shops and on public transport and everyone arriving in the U.K. would have to take a PCR test, regardless of their vaccination status, in an effort to curb the spread of the new Omicron variant. BBC News has a summary:

* PM says anyone arriving in the UK will be asked to take a PCR test for COVID-19 on the second day
* They would then have to self isolate until they provide a negative test, he says
* Rules on face coverings will be tightened up in shops and public transport, with a review in three weeks

Rather confusingly, Chris Whitty said there was a “reasonable chance” the new variant can partially escape the Covid vaccines and, in the next breath, said it was therefore very important for people to get the booster jab. Eh?

So, if I’ve understood the Government’s reasoning correctly, because two cases of the Omicron variant have been detected in England, it’s essential that as many people as possible should get a booster of a vaccine that is already largely ineffective against the spread of the Delta variant and is even less effective at preventing the spread of this new variant. Clear? Oh, and in addition masks are now going to be mandatory on public transport and in shops, but not in pubs, bars or restaurants because, as any fule know, the Omicron variant poses no threat to people eating or drinking. And this new mask mandate has been imposed in spite of the fact that there’s little robust evidence that tight-fitting, disposable, surgical masks do anything to suppress infection, let alone loose-fitting, multi-use, cloth masks.

Is this a new low in Government idiocy? Has anyone else noticed than ‘Omicron’ is an anagram of ‘Moronic’?

Stop Press: Read Michael Curzon’s reaction to the Downing Street briefing at Bournbrook.