Boris Johnson has refused to rule out further coronavirus restrictions being introduced ahead of Christmas as the Omicron variant spreads.
The Prime Minister was asked three times in an interview to clarify but refused to answer.
He said the goal is to ‘offer a booster’ to every adult by the end of the year in a bid to curb the spike in Omicron cases.
Speaking to broadcasters during a visit to to a vaccination clinic near Paddington, west London, Mr Johnson said: “Throughout the pandemic I’ve been at great pains to stress to the public that we have to watch where the pandemic is going and we take whatever steps are necessary to protect public health.
“We think the steps that we are taking – so Plan B, combined with a hugely ambitious acceleration of the booster campaign, bringing it forward by a month so we offer a booster to every adult by the end of the year – we think that’s the right approach.”
Mr Johnson also confirmed that someone has now died in hospital with the Omicron variant.
He said: “Sadly yes Omicron is producing hospitalisations and sadly at least one patient has been confirmed to have died with Omicron.
“So I think the idea that this is somehow a milder version of the virus, I think that’s something we need to set on one side and just recognise the sheer pace at which it accelerates through the population.
“So the best thing we can do is all get our boosters.”
This comes after Health Secretary Sajid Javid said the Government will ‘throw everything at’ the Covid booster programme to tackle Omicron.
GPs will only focus on urgent needs and vaccinations for the next few weeks and some non-urgent appointments will be delayed until the New Year.