PM insists vaccination dates set to be met despite drop in supply

The Prime Minister has insisted that the rollout of vaccination is ongoing and that all dates set out in the government’s roadmap should be met.

Boris Johnson said at the recent Downing Street press conference that he did not expect the vaccine reduction announced yesterday to affect the schedule for easing coronavirus restrictions.

The Prime Minister said: “The offer we have will allow us to continue to achieve the goals we have set.

“This means that we can offer a first dose to all over 50 year olds and under 50 year olds who are clinically at risk by April 15th.

“We will have the second dose people need within the 12 week window, which is roughly 12 million people in April, and we will offer a first dose to every adult by the end of July.

“The next steps on the road map will not be changed.

“We have now vaccinated over 25 million people across our UK, more than the total population of many countries.

“Our progress towards freedom continues unchecked. We stay on track to win back the things we love, to see our families and friends again, to our local pubs, our gyms and sports facilities, and of course ours Business to return. “

Mr Johnson also said there will continue to be shocks for those invited for a vaccine.

Boris Johnson said of the conference: “Let me assure you that if you get in touch after receiving your letter, we have the push for you.

“We have always said in a vaccination program of this magnitude that some supply disruptions are inevitable, and it is true that we are receiving fewer vaccines in the short term than we planned a week ago.”

“That’s because of a delay in a shipment from the Serum Institute, which is doing herculean work in making vaccines in such large quantities, and a batch we currently have in the UK that needs to be retested as part of our intensive safety program.

“As a result, we’re going to get slightly fewer vaccines in April than in March, but that’s still more than in February.”

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