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England has returned to Plan A measures following the success of the vaccination programme and falling Omicron infections.
Plan B measures were initially introduced on 8 December 2021 to slow the spread of the Omicron variant and buy time for scientists to better understand it and get more jabs in arms. The Get Boosted Now appeal was launched, bringing the date for all adults to be offered a booster to the New Year.
This target was reached, and over 37 million boosters have now been administered. The vaccination programme has succeeded in reducing the risk of severe infection and hospitalisations, easing pressure on the NHS. Hospital admissions have now stabilised and the number of people in intensive care units with COVID-19 continues to fall.
As of 27 January, the lifting of Plan B means:
See: England returns to Plan A as regulations on face coverings and COVID Passes change today - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
06 Feb 2024
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