After the Prime Minister, last night, addressed the nation in response to the to the growing Omnicron variant, the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care gave a statement to MPs in the House of Commons.
In line with the Prime Minster, MPs heard as the Minister confirmed that all adults across the UK can receive their booster jab by the end of the year, via walk-in and appointments.
The Member of Parliament for Winchester used the opportunity to repeat his call for a walk-in centre in Winchester, with his constituents still needing to travel into Southampton to reach the nearest walk-in location.
Steve Brine did welcome the announcement that the NHS covid pass would be expanded to 12-15 year-olds, saying; “Could I ask him about the NHS covid pass being rolled out to 12–15-year-olds, which is such a welcome announcement and something that the Secretary of State promised this House that he'd bring back, and I thank him for that.
How exactly will that work, many of my constituents will be travelling in the next few days, certainly within the next week, over Christmas. How exactly will they be able to access this pass, given they cannot access the NHS app, the same way as adults can.”
The secretary of state responded saying; “We'll be publishing shortly on the website, how exactly that would work, but it's being rolled out as a digital pass in the same way as its working for adults, starting today.”
Since Mr Javid’s response, the Government and NHS has since release guidance on how the pass can be accessed and more information can be found here.