According to reports, anyone in the UK who is on the JCVI’s list of the nine most vulnerable people could have been vaccinated at the start of Easter.
The UK is currently well on its way to offering a first dose of the vaccine to all in the four most vulnerable groups – everyone over 70, the clinically extremely vulnerable and caregivers – by February 15.
Last week, the Cabinet Office said it hoped anyone over 50 would have had a first dose of a vaccine by May.
But loud Times Radio The government could now achieve this goal in early April.
Times Radio’s lead political commentator Tom Newton Dunn said this morning that could mean the locks in the UK will be fully unlocked by the end of April.
He said there will be restrictions “almost certainly by the end of the year” but the lockdown could be significantly lifted before May.
He said, “The government has given just over 12 million vaccinations in a few months so far, which is a phenomenal rate of adoption.”
He added, “You have seven days left to reach your Group 1 through Group 4 goal. That has to be done on my Monday. You have done 12 million, you have about 2.6 million left.”
Tom said the government gave 2.7 million vaccinations last week – which suggests they should hit the target in the next seven days.
He said, “Sometime this week, I would expect letters of invitation to go out and calls to the next groups – groups five through nine.”
This includes anyone over 50 and anyone with an underlying health condition – even mild ones.
Tom said, “You could see that all of Groups 5 through 9 were done around the beginning of April, around April 1st, at a rate of 2.7 million a week if that rate continues.
“Add three weeks of immunity to that, because that’s what it takes for immunity to kick in from the first hit, and you see a pretty full unlock in mid-April.
“The government is nervous about this, you will never hear anyone say that in public, but privately, that’s the kind of area you look at. So schools open from March 8th with some pretty significant relaxation next month . “