How tens of millions of Brits will get Covid vaccine by spring as Matt Hancock to deliver press conference
MATT Hancock will hold a press conference at 5pm tonight to set out how millions of Brits will get their Covid vaccines in the coming weeks and months.
Mr Hancock will set out the Government’s Vaccines Delivery Plan at a press conference in Downing Street this afternoon.
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The 47-page plan, revealed this afternoon, explains how millions of Brits will get the vaccine in the coming weeks and months.
Mr Hancock said last night:
Last night he said: “Since the historic day the first vaccine was approved, the NHS has made fantastic strides in offering the vaccine to as many at risk people as possible and at record pace.
“We have worked closely with experts across the NHS, local governments and the armed forces to put in place full and thorough preparations for this rollout – this is the biggest vaccination programme in British history.
“From today, the full scale of our plans will be published, so the public can be assured of the time, effort and resources that have gone and will go into ensuring we protect the British people from the scourge of this virus.”
It comes as:
- Boris Johnson warned today tougher rules might be needed – just a week after the third lockdown was announced
- Wales said people should wear masks in all public places – including outside
- A tweak to test and trace means millions more people will get told to stay at home completely
- Rishi Sunak warned the economy would get worse before it gets better
Daily data on vaccinations will also be released from today – and weekly in more detail from Thursday.
Boris Johnson said today that 2.4million jabs had been given to more than 2million people across the country so far.
The plan includes:
2million vaccines per week by end of January
The PM said last week the vaccine programme would be hugely boosted this week.
And it’s hoped that 200k vaccines a day can be delivered by Friday.
That will be ramped up to 2million a week by the end of January.
All care home residents offered vaccine by the end of January
The PM has made it clear that care home staff are a priority – along with residents.
They are in the first four vulnerable groups which are being offered the vaccine in the first phase, which will eliminate a huge chunk of the deaths from Covid.
All 13.5million ‘at risk’ offered jab by Feb 15
Boris has vowed that all the top four more at-risk groups will be offered a slot by February 15.
- all residents in a care home for older adults and their carers
- all those 80 years of age and over and frontline health and social care workers
- all those 75 years of age and over
- all those 70 years of age and over and clinically extremely vulnerable
All 32 million over 50s and at risk groups get it this spring
After the first four groups, the attention will focus to older Brits and those with underlying health conditions who may be more vulnerable.
It may be that teachers are prioritised in this phase – but ministers haven’t yet made a decision on that yet.
It’s thought that after this rollout is complete, 99 per cent of deaths can be avoided.
Everyone in the UK to get a jab by the autumn
After everyone who is more vulnerable gets a vaccine, then it will be rolled out to everyone else over the age of 18 across the nation.
The Government hopes to do this before the autumn.
Matt Hancock has said in future people may have to have another dose – possibly alongside their flu jab.
Network of vaccination centres expanded
It will include 50 hubs, 206 hospitals and 1,200 GPs.
Pharmacies and mobile units, and sports grounds will also be used in the rollout.
No more than 10miles from a vaccine appointment
Everybody in Britain will live within 10 miles of a vaccination centre, or mobile vaccination unit, by the end of January.
Currently, 96% of the population in England is within 10 miles of a
vaccine service – which will be scaled up.
An 80,000-strong army of workers and volunteers have been signed up to help deliver the jab into millions of arms across the country.
Thousands of those have signed up through The Sun’s campaign.
The national vaccination effort has also been boosted by
many former clinicians, care staff, and students.
There are many other people in the UK who have vital experience and skills that can provide support like airline cabin crew, too.
Over 200,000 people have expressed their interest in playing their part in some way.
UK orders 367million doses
The UK has pre-ordered a staggering 367 million doses of vaccine to give the country the best chance of exiting the crisis as quickly as possible.
Three of these vaccines have been authorised for approval, and a further four are still in trials or going through safety checks.
The UK was the first country in the world to buy the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, ordering 40 million doses – enough for a third of the
UK population – the first to authorise it and the first to begin vaccinating people with it.
The UK was also the first country in the world to buy, authorise and provide
the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine, the plan says.
Scale-up of home-grown vaccine manufacturing
Ministers have scaled up Britain’s home-grown vaccine manufacturing ability by funding new sites to produce the life-saving drug.
Delaying dose 2 of jab
Britain is delaying giving the second dose of the Covid vaccine until 12 weeks after the first jab, so millions more Brits can be inoculated quicker.
After studying all the available data, the JCVI concluded that the first dose of either Pfizer/BioNTech or Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine provides substantial protection within 2-3 weeks of vaccination from severe COVID-19 disease, the plan explained.
Hundreds of thousands of letters to over 80s are expected to go out this week – telling them to book a slot at one of at least seven max vaccination centres which are opening across the country this week.
The latest statistics on how many people have been vaccinated are also expected to be revealed at tonight’s press conference.
It came as Vaccines minister Nadhim Zahawi said earlier that he expected there to be a huge increase in the numbers.
And he said the NHS would jab people “24/7” if they had to.
Covid cases yesterday jumped by more than 50,000 for the 13th day in a row as deaths rose by 563 – pushing the total number of victims to more than 81,000.
There are now 3,072,349 people infected with the disease in the UK after 54,950 tested positive.
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Deaths have continued to rise with the latest toll pushing the total number to 81,431.
Yesterday’s figure is the third-highest Sunday rise in deaths and there is a usually a lag in reporting at the weekend.
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