Keir Starmer said the government should have “stepped up” sooner as he supported measures to expand the Covid booster jab program.
The Labor leader warned the NHS that it would be “overwhelmed” by the advent of the new variant of Omicron and urged people to “follow the rules” and get their booster shots.
“We may not be sure how dangerous it is, but we know lives are at risk and our NHS is at risk of being overwhelmed again,” he said in a televised statement on Monday in response to Boris Johnson’s address the day before.
“When that happens, more people will die.
“So we have to do everything we can to protect the NHS.”
“We are a patriotic party and it is our patriotic duty to vote for these measures to ensure that they are enforced.”
Sir Keir Starmer said in a statement that Labor will support the government’s Covid Plan B measures when it votes in the Commons on Tuesday. pic.twitter.com/3fAhk5MALy
– Channel 4 News (@ Channel4News) December 13, 2021
Starmer said deploying the accelerated booster jab program was “a huge challenge,” which is why “we argued the government should have moved earlier”.
“The British have risen to the challenge time and time again, so let’s pull together and do the right thing again,” he said.
“In times like these, we must all put the national interest first and follow the rules.
“Of course I understand that following the rules can be inconvenient, but we have to follow the rules.
“It would be easy to let the festivities we have all been looking forward to distract us from our national duty.
“Being able to really get stung, wear masks and work from home will prevent infection and congestion on the NHS.”
The prime minister had announced a new deadline to stab everyone over the age of 18 by the new year amid rising cases of the new tribe. The UK’s first Omicron death was announced on Monday.
Earlier, the House of Commons spokesman criticized Johnson for not appearing in parliament and said he would play “tenaciously” with the government.