COVID-19: Health Secretary Matt Hancock hails hitting 15 million vaccine target | Politics News

Everybody within the prime 4 precedence teams has been provided a coronavirus vaccine, the well being secretary has confirmed.

Talking to Sky News, Matt Hancock mentioned the federal government had met its target for providing a COVID-19 jab to throughout 70s by Monday’s deadline.

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How has the UK vaccinated 15 million individuals?
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Uptake has been “a lot increased than we anticipated”, he mentioned.

Mr Hancock mentioned the milestone was a “little step in the direction of freedom for us all”, however there was “no relaxation for the depraved”.

Letters at the moment are being despatched to these aged over 65 and the clinically weak to ask them to obtain the primary dose of a vaccine.

The federal government is aiming to supply a vaccine to the 17 million in teams 5 to 9 by the top of April, one thing that will likely be completed alongside administering second doses for a lot of within the first 4 teams.

“There’s a large programme underneath method rolling out to ask the following group of individuals to be vaccinated and, on the similar time, from subsequent month now we have the second jabs of all of the individuals who have come since January to verify they occur on time, as a result of they should be inside a particular 12-week time interval,” the well being secretary mentioned.

“So there’s nonetheless an enormous quantity of labor to do however now we have managed to vaccinate those that are most weak.”

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COVID-19: The UK’s nice vaccine gamble
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Mr Hancock mentioned the variety of coronavirus deaths is falling, however it’s “too early” to say whether or not this can be a direct results of the UK’s vaccination programme.

“It’s too early to have the ability to measure the direct influence however in fact we’re taking a look at that and we will see total that the variety of circumstances is coming down sharply, the quantity in hospitals is coming down however it’s nonetheless too excessive – on the newest depend there have been 23,000 individuals in hospital with COVID,” he mentioned.