Boris Johnson has urged people to get a Covid booster shot, citing Jesus Christ's teachings, in a statement wishing everyone a "much better" Christmas than previous year.
A video statement made in front of a Christmas tree in Downing Street praised citizens who "get jabbed not just for themselves, but for friends, family, and everyone we encounter."
“That is, after all, the teaching of Jesus Christ, whose birth is at the centre of this huge festival,” he stated.
“I would urge go and get boosted, get vaccinated,” stated Archbishop Justin Welby earlier this week. Jesus taught us to love our neighbour. “It's Christmas, obey him.”
While the pandemic was not finished, the prime minister noted that many individuals were able to celebrate with more family members this year than previous.
“If you require a bigger turkey this year, more sprouts to peel, and more dishes to wash, that is fantastic, because these rituals matter so much. “I hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas this year, especially after last year,” he remarked.
Ministers chose to wait and monitor the data rather than restrict socialising over the holidays to halt the spread of the highly transmissible Omicron form.
Just days before Christmas 2020, London, the home counties, and the east of England were placed under Tier 4 restrictions, requiring residents to stay home. Alternatively, up to three households could meet for one day.
The NHS has ramped up booster vaccines since Omicron arrived, and some areas will continue to administer shots on Christmas Day.
Johnson is a Catholic by birth but rarely discusses his faith. He married Carrie earlier this year at Westminster Cathedral. “I don't debate these serious issues,” Johnson told ITV's Robert Peston when asked if he was a Catholic.
In his Christmas greeting, Labour leader Keir Starmer praised frontline workers including troops and medics for their efforts during a “incredibly difficult” year.
“For too many, Christmas dinner will be missing a chair. Christian ideals of compassion and optimism have shined through even in the darkest of times. “Communities have stepped up to help,” he said.
In 2022, A road through can be found if we stick together, support each other, and work together. “I believe in a brighter future.”