Boris Urges UK to Vaccinate, As Hospital Bombing Pushes UK Threat to 'Severe'

Vanessa Sibbald

November 15, 2021

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has addressed the attack outside Liverpool Women's Hospital on Sunday, November 14, confirming that the Government is treating the incident as a terrorist attack as officials continue to investigate the details and its motivation.

"My thoughts remain with all those affected, and, on behalf of the whole country, I want to pay tribute to the emergency services who responded as always with such speed and professionalism," he said in a press conference on Monday afternoon.

A bomb exploded outside the hospital in a taxi. Police suspect that the attacker was killed by the homemade bomb, while the uninvolved taxi driver is thought to have escaped.

Mr Johnson called for the need to remain "utterly vigilant", while saying that the UK threat level was being raised from substantial to severe. He added that another attack is "highly likely." The explosion in Liverpool was the second incident in one month.

He also addressed the rising number of COVID-19 cases in Europe, urging the UK public to get vaccinated.

"Indeed in recent days, cases there have been rising here in the UK, so we must remain vigilant," said the PM.

Following the recommendation of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation, the Government is making second jabs available to all 16- and 17-year-olds from 12 weeks after their first dose.

The PM also called for more people to get booster jabs, adding that many of those for whom they are available had not yet come forward.

"And let me explain why that booster is absolutely crucial, because over time the protection from two jabs starts to wane, but that the third jab boosts protection back up to over 90 per cent against symptomatic infection," he said.

It is estimated that 12.6 million people across the UK have had that booster including, in England, around three-quarters of all people aged over 70 and 80% of eligible older people in care homes.

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