SAJID Javid will unveil the Government’s Winter Covid Plan in the Commons this lunchtime ahead of Boris Johnson’s press conference.
The Health Secretary’s statement to MPs will outline contingency measures for masks, working from home and booster jabs to fend off another spike.
The PM will later announce his “toolbox” of pandemic-fighting plans to the nation at a 4pm Downing St briefing with top docs Chris Whitty and Patrick Vallance.
Doomster scientists are worried the NHS could be swamped with a Covid surge in the colder months as well as the usual seasonal flu outbreak.
There is also concern that vaccine effectiveness against the Delta variant may be fading for older people who got jabbed at the start of the year.
Mr Javid is set to confirm to Parliament at around 12.30pm that all over-50s will receive a third shot of Pfizer six months after their second dose.
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Boffins from the JCVI will hold a separate press conference this morning fleshing out the details for the booster campaign. Over-70s and the most vulnerable are expected to be jabbed first before descending in age order.
But the Health Sec will likely come under fire from lockdown-hating Tories agitating for him to rip up all Covid rules.
Yesterday several furious backbenchers were up in arms at reported plans to tighten rules on masks and guidance to work from home.
They are threatening to vote down the PM’s bid to keep his draconian emergency Covid powers for another six months.
Chair of the Covid Recovery Group Mark Harper said: “They shouldn’t be kept in reserve – they are pointless, damaging and discriminatory.”
Last night the PM rolled the pitch to warn we’ll still be living with Covid for the foreseeable future.
He said: “The pandemic is far from over, but thanks to our phenomenal vaccine programme, new treatments and testing we are able to live with the virus without significant restrictions on our freedoms.
“Today I will set out a clear plan for the autumn and winter, when the virus has a natural advantage, to protect the gains we have made.”