Pictures show mammoth queue outside Bristol rapid testing centre as ‘around 1000’ people rush to get jabbed

It comes as the government announced the Omicron variant is spreading at a “phenomenal rate”

A huge queue has formed outside a Bristol Covid testing centre this morning after Boris Johnson urged the county to get jabbed and boosted.

Pictures show ‘around 1,000’ people waiting for their jab at the Bristol Rapid Testing Centre on Wellington Road, in St Jude’s, in a queue snaking “twice around the block.”

It comes as the government announced the Omicron variant is spreading at a “phenomenal rate” as one person died from the new strain in the UK.

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The warning has prompted thousands of people across the country to get jabbed with testing and booster centres overwhelmed with patients in recent days.

As Bristol Live reports, the mayhem has now spread to Bristol, where the queue outside the Wellington Road centre is growing with people expected to wait hours.

The scenes come as the government prepares to vote on key restrictions in the move to Plan B.

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Among the new rules is a measure allowing fully-vaccinated people who have been exposed to a positive Covid case to avoid self-isolation if they take daily lateral flow tests, and receive a negative result.

It could also see the introduction of a Covid pass which would ensure that someone can enter a large venue, if they can prove they are fully vaccinated or have a negative lateral flow test

The vote comes as Sajid Javid announced a raft of further changes to the House of Commons yesterday, including daily lateral flow tests for contacts of those who test positive and care home visits being limited to only three nominated visitors.

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