Date set for all over 50s in England to have had their Covid jab

All adults aged 50 and over have received a coronavirus vaccine by May, according to government plans.

The Cabinet Office said the UK’s vaccination program had planned to reach all nine priority cohorts by May – which gave the government confidence to commit to holding local elections this month.

The government had previously refused to set a fixed date, simply saying that all over 50-year-olds would likely receive their first dose of vaccine by spring.

The government’s vaccine delivery plan states: “The government’s top priority is to ensure that everyone in Cohorts 1 through 4 is given the opportunity to receive their first dose of vaccine for Covid-19 by February 15.

“It will likely be until the spring of JCVI Priority Groups 1 through 9 to get their first dose of vaccine, with an estimated coverage of around 27 million people in England and 32 million people across the UK.”

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