The most vulnerable people in England will get the coronavirus sting in late April, the Prime Minister has announced.
Boris Johnson began the coronavirus briefing on Wednesday (February 10) by reminding viewers that “it has been five weeks since we set our goal to vaccinate 15 million of the most vulnerable people in the country” .
According to the current figures, they should achieve this goal. More than 13 million had the first shot of vaccine – one in four adults in the UK. It takes an average of 388,340 first doses of vaccine each day to meet the government’s goal of 15 million first doses by February 15.
Following that benchmark, Mr Johnson said, “We’re protecting the weakest first and hope to reach everyone in Cohorts 1 through 9 by the end of April” if we can keep up the pace.
This would mean the most vulnerable groups identified by the JCVI (Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunization).
The full list of the nine priority groups can be found below – and on the government website here.
Mr Johnson also urged the remaining eligible individuals who have not yet received a coronavirus vaccine to come forward for bumps as the government nears the target date.
The Prime Minister said: “In less than a week to the target date Monday the 15th, we have undoubtedly made great strides. In our UK just over 13 million people are now vaccinated, including one in four adults. In England, over 90% of all people over 75 and over 90% of eligible residents of care homes for the elderly.
“But that still leaves nearly two million people, a population roughly twice the size of Birmingham, that we still want to reach.
“Now is the time to do it.”
In particular, he appealed to social workers who have not yet been vaccinated to contact their employer to “remedy the situation”.
What are the priority groups?
- Residents of a nursing home for older adults and their carers
- all these 80+ and health and social workers on the front lines
- all these 75 years and older
- all these 70 years and older and clinically extremely vulnerable people
- all these 65 years and older
- Anyone between the ages of 16 and 64 with underlying health conditions that are at greater risk for serious illness and mortality
- all these 60 years and older
- all these 55 years and older
- all these 50 years and older
Earlier this week, the prime minister said he would not rule out delaying the relaxation of lockdown restrictions if new variants affect the launch of the vaccine.
It comes when he will release his “roadmap” from the lockdown on February 22nd and the schools are due to reopen on March 8th.