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Boris Johnson ‘privately vowing another lockdown is out of question’

The government will green light Covid-19 passports and rollout the booster vaccine scheme in a bid to halt a winter lockdown.

But Downing Street will also move to extend Covid lockdown powers for six months amid the threat of localised restrictions or even nationwide measures being brought back.

Boris Johnson is “privately vowing another lockdown is out of the question,” the Sun is reporting.

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To combat one, third vaccine jabs for the vulnerable and elderly will be rolled out.

There will be an “advertising blitz” to ensure take up is good, too, according to the newspaper.

A source sai: “The strength of our vaccination programme has changed how we tackle and live with this virus.

“It’s going to be different this year.

“We will have the booster programme to give the most vulnerable an extra shot of protection and the highest number of people yet will be offered a flu jab.”

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Health Secretary Sajid Javid said he was “confident” the vaccine booster programme will start later in September.

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has said the Pfizer and AstraZeneca jabs are safe to use as boosters, but the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has yet to give its advice to ministers.

“We are heading towards our booster programme, so the news from the MHRA today is welcome,” Mr Javid said during a visit to Moorfields Eye Hospital in London.

“But also I want to wait for the final opinion of the JCVI, it’s important that we do and we listen to what they have got to say.

“I’m confident that our booster programme will start later this month but I’m still awaiting the final advice.”

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