All adults over 50, the clinically vulnerable and health and social care workers have now been offered a life-saving Covid-19 jab.
All adults over 50, the clinically vulnerable and health and social care workers have now been offered a life-saving Covid-19 jab, as the government prepares to move into the next phase of the Covid-19 vaccination programme.
The target was reached ahead of schedule, with the government having pledged to offer a first dose to priority cohorts 1-9 by 15 April.
Nearly 40 million vaccines have now been given in total, with adults under 50 expected to begin to be invited in the coming days.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson said:
The JCVI are expected to publish their final advice on how the government should vaccinate those aged under 50.
This advice will pave the way for the next phase of the vaccination programme, which is expected to begin this week.
NHS organisations in the four nations, in collaboration with devolved administrations, will decide how to operationalise the JCVI advice.
It is thought that people in England in their late 40s will be the first to be invited to book their jabs.
Over seven million second doses have now been given – with a record 475,230 given on Saturday – and the country remains on track to offer a first vaccine to all adults by 31 July.
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