Sir Jeffrey said, "The emergence of the Omicron variant reminds us of the threat sill posed by Covid-19 and the need to take actions which will be effective in reducing its spread and easing the pressure on our health service. We know that the booster programme is the single most effective tool that we have, and evidence given to Executive Ministers highlighted that it would reduce hospitalisations by at least 15%.
I would encourage everyone eligible to take up their booster. The Covid vaccines not only help protect you, but help reduce the spread of the virus and help protect others. It will be important that the booster programme is ramped up over coming weeks but alongside that it is important we all continue with the simple, common sense steps which can reduce spread of this virus."