The UK Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, has urged people to get a COVID-19 booster jab, as it follows the “teaching of Jesus Christ”.
In a message to mark a Christmas, Johnson said this year’s Yuletide would be “significantly better” than last year’s.
In a video statement filmed in Downing Street, the Prime Minister applauded those who were “getting jabbed not just for themselves, for ourselves, but for friends and family and everyone we meet”.
“That, after all, is the teaching of Jesus Christ, whose birth is at the heart of this enormous festival – that we should love our neighbours as we love ourselves,” he said.
The prime minister said he could not state when the COVID-19 pandemic would end, but pointed out that many people were able to celebrate with more family members this year than last.
“If this year you need a bigger turkey and there are more sprouts to peel and more washing up to do, then that is all to the good, because these rituals matter so deeply. And I hope that people will enjoy this Christmas this year all the more keenly because of what we had to miss last year,” he said.