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U.K. Meets Vaccine Booster Target as Covid-19 Cases Surge

  • Fast-spreading omicron tests resilience of the health service
  • Government’s light-touch strategy undermined by test shortage
Boris Johnson visits a Covid vaccination centre in Milton Keynes on Dec. 29.
Boris Johnson visits a Covid vaccination centre in Milton Keynes on Dec. 29.Photographer: Geoff Pugh/WPA Pool/Getty Images
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Boris Johnson used his New Year message to urge holdouts to get Covid-19 vaccine boosters, as growing pressure on the U.K. National Health Service threatens to undermine his strategy to get through the omicron wave.

Close to one-third of eligible adults in England have yet to receive a top-up dose, according to a statement from the government Friday, even as it said it met its target to offer all adults a booster by the end of the year. The U.K.’s other devolved nations make their own health policy.