People aged 70 and over and those clinically extremely vulnerable will be invited to get their COVID-19 vaccinations from today
Millions of people aged 70 and over and those clinically extremely vulnerable to COVID-19 will begin to receive their vaccinations from today (Monday 18th January).
Vaccination sites which have enough supply and capacity are allowed to offer vaccinations to the next 2 groups, however, care home residents and staff, and those aged 80 and over and frontline health and care staff will still remain the priority.
This will help the NHS to reach the Government’s commitment to offering vaccinations to the first 4 priority groups by the middle of February.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson said:
“Today is a significant milestone in our vaccination programme as we open it up to millions more people who are most at risk from COVID-19.
“We are now delivering the vaccine at a rate of 140 jabs a minute and I want to thank everyone involved in this national effort.
“We have a long way to go and there will doubtless be challenges ahead – but by working together we are making huge progress in our fight against this virus.”
Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock said:
“Now that more than half of all over-80s have had their jab, we can begin vaccinating the next most vulnerable groups. Where an area has already reached the vast majority of groups 1 to 2, they can now start opening up the programme to groups 3 to 4.
“We are working day and night to make sure everyone who is 70 and over, our health and social care workers and the clinically extremely vulnerable are offered the vaccine by the middle of February and our NHS heroes are making huge strides in making this happen.
“This measure does not mean our focus on getting care homes, healthcare staff and those aged 80 and over-vaccinated is wavering – it will remain our utmost priority over the coming weeks to reach the rest of these groups.”
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