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‘In our hands’ whether or not COVID restrictions will return over winter

Written by on 15/11/2021

The possible introduction of further coronavirus restrictions this winter is in “our hands”, Oliver Dowden has said.

The Conservative party co-chairman told Kay Burley that there are “no plans or anything else to stop Christmas happening” this year as the situation is different compared to 2020 because of the success of the vaccination rollout.

But Mr Dowden warned that people must take up the offer of a booster jab when invited for one in order to keep the chances of further rules being introduced as low as possible.

He also refused to directly answer a question on whether travel restrictions could be brought back.

Speaking to Sky News on Monday morning, Mr Dowden said “it is in our hands” whether further restrictions are introduced this winter, adding: “If you get the booster when the call comes that is the biggest wall of defence that we have against COVID.”

The Conservative party co-chairman continued: “The way we avoid a challenging position is to take the booster – so I can assure you that there are no plans or anything else to stop Christmas happening.

“The huge difference this time is the vaccine and the huge impact of the vaccine – and the way that we keep that vaccine topped up, the way that we keep that wall of defence protected is get your booster when you get the call up.”

 Sky News

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