She pointed to government data showing that within the Nottingham local authority area, 36.4% of people aged 12 years and over have received a booster or third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. In some local authority areas, the figure is as high as 70%.
Yet the omicron variant is reportedly spreading quickly even among those fully vaccinated.
An estimated 1 in 15 people in England tested positive for the virus in the last week of 2021. But the government has so far ruled out another nationwide lockdown.
The Vatican underlined its support for COVID-19 vaccines last month amid global concern about the rapid spread of the omicron variant.
“The Holy Father has defined vaccination as ‘an act of love,’ since it is aimed at the protection of people against COVID-19,” the Holy See press office said on Dec. 22.
The Vatican’s intervention came as countries around the world imposed new restrictions aimed at slowing the spread of the omicron variant, which is believed to spread more easily than the original SARS-CoV-2 virus.
The measures have prompted protests in several European countries.
Dutch riot police broke up an anti-lockdown protest attended by several thousand people in Amsterdam on Jan. 2, reported Reuters.
An estimated 44,000 people attended a rally against compulsory vaccines in Vienna on Dec. 11, after the government announced that Austria would become the first Western country to introduce mandatory vaccination against COVID-19 from February 2022.
Italy has seen strikes and protests in response to the government’s decision to make the country’s Green Pass mandatory for workers. A Green Pass proves that the holder has been vaccinated, tested negative every 48 hours, or recently recovered from COVID-19.
Last month’s Vatican statement did not address the debate about mandatory vaccination. The most recent Vatican intervention on the topic came in 2020.
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The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith said in its “Note on the morality of using some anti-COVID-19 vaccines,” issued on Dec. 21, 2020, that “vaccination is not, as a rule, a moral obligation and that, therefore, it must be voluntary.”