Dr Susan Hopkins the chief medical adviser for the UK Well being Safety Company (UKHSA) has raised severe issues of the impression Omicron may have on the NHS this winter.
The UKHSA has confirmed what the Prime Minister mentioned this morning that10 individuals are in hospital with Omicron in England and, sadly one individual has died.
It has been confirmed that the sufferers are unfold throughout the UK and are aged between 18 and 85, however it’s unclear what situation they’re in.
Dr Hopkins mentioned that many of the sufferers who’re in hospital have had two vaccine doses.
The UKHSA mentioned that it’s value noting nearly all of adults within the UK at the moment are absolutely vaccinated, subsequently it isn’t that uncommon these instances in hospital have had each jabs.
Dr Hopkins mentioned, “Hospitalisations all the time lag just a few weeks behind infections, subsequently it isn’t shocking that now we have began to see folks being admitted to hospital with the Omicron variant.
“Our knowledge exhibits that getting the booster vaccine is simpler towards this variant than two doses alone.
“Everybody over 18 is now in a position to stroll right into a vaccine centre, so don’t hesitate to get yours.”
On Sunday Dr Hopkins warned that the UK is “dealing with a big quantity hospitalisations and potential deaths.”
Talking on the BBC’s Andrew Marr programme on Sunday, the chief medical advisor was requested if she is nervous the brand new surge of infections might overwhelm the NHS.
Dr Hopkins informed Marr, “We’re nervous and we’re proper to be nervous as a result of we don’t have sufficient knowledge to slim these predictions and people fashions all the way down to the most effective best element but, and it takes time to do this.
“I nonetheless assume it can take one other two weeks earlier than we’re clear on whether or not the severity that South Africa have reported in some eventualities, however not in all, goes to be mirrored right here.
“We now have to arrange for the worst and hope for the most effective. And I feel our job is to spotlight that this can be a large wave.
“It’s coming straight at us.”
She added, “If we see even half the severity that we noticed with Delta then we’re dealing with a really giant variety of hospitalisations and potential deaths.”