COVID-19: Government aims to reach all over-50s in vaccine drive by May | Politics News

The federal government has revealed it desires all over-50s to be reached in the coronavirus vaccine rollout by May.

It’s a vital goal and the primary time a agency date has been placed on when all these in the highest 9 classes on the precedence listing for a COVID-19 jab will likely be provided one by.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s spokesman yesterday would solely say the deadline was the “finish of spring” – and refused to clarify whether or not that may very well be as late as mid-June.

However the brand new purpose was slipped out by the Cupboard Workplace when it introduced that the upcoming native and mayoral elections will certainly go forward, albeit with social distancing and in COVID-secure polling stations.

It confirmed: “The UK’s vaccination programme is deliberate to have reached all 9 precedence cohorts by May, which means that the federal government can commit to go forward with these polls with confidence – and preserve the selection for voters between voting in particular person or remotely.”

The Cupboard Workplace didn’t instantly reply to a request for touch upon whether or not the vaccine rollout reaching the over-50s means they need to be absolutely inoculated or simply provided their first jab.

People make their way past a Government coronavirus Tier 4 sign on the High street in Winchester, Hampshire. Millions more people have moved to harsher coronavirus restrictions today as the new tier changes came into force in England.
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Presently, the UK is on group 4 of 9, which means jabs will be given to all these aged 70 and over, the clinically extraordinarily susceptible and care house residents and workers.

The remaining precedence teams are:

  • 5: All these 65 years of age and over
  • 6: Adults aged 16 to 65 years in an at-risk group
  • 7: All these 60 years of age and over
  • 8: All these 55 years of age and over
  • 9: All these 50 years of age and over

Britain’s vaccine rollout has been one of many quickest in the world with the approval of three vaccines – two of that are already being produced and administered.

However given the tempo of progress, consideration is already turning to what is going to occur when a big a part of the inhabitants has been inoculated.

Sky News has confirmed with authorities sources that plans are being checked out for immunity passports, hoped to allowed Britons to journey overseas if the foundations are modified to enable it.

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Sweden’s authorities introduced on Thursday it plans to launch a digital coronavirus vaccine passport by summer time, if there’s a global normal in place by then.

And Denmark additionally stated this week it will launch a primary model of the doc by the tip of February.

So excess of 10 million individuals throughout the UK have had their first dose of a COVID jab.

An additional 915 coronavirus-related deaths have been introduced on Thursday, taking the overall to 110,250.