Prime Minister Boris Johnson addresses the public to provide an update on the Covid-19 booster programme, at Downing Street on December 12, 2021

Plan B Omicron response: These are the Covid rules and guidelines that came into force this week in Lancashire

New Covid rules and guidelines came into force this week in Lancashire as England continues to move to the Government's Plan B in response to the Omicron variant.

Following the UK Covid alert level being raised from Level 3 to Level 4 earlier this week, Boris Johnson addressed the nation, saying that Britain “must urgently reinforce its wall of vaccine protection” as he set the new deadline of jabbing everyone over 18 by the new year.

Following the announcement, nursing leaders expressed concern about the “scale and pace” of the vaccine programme expansion – which would result in some planned appointments being postponed in order to meet the target.

The target for giving every adult a booster jab was brought forward by a month over fears of a “tidal wave of Omicron” that could cause “very many deaths”.

These are the latest Plan B rules and guidelines for England that came into force this week:

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