The Minister of Health has insisted that the introduction of vaccination go according to plan despite the interruption in the supply of vaccines.
Matt Hancock told the recent Downing Street press conference that despite the disclosure of an official letter warning that vaccine supplies will be “significantly reduced”, the official timetable remained on track.
He insisted that this was a “normal” technical letter.
Speaking at the Downing Street press conference, Mr Hancock said, “Vaccine supplies are always lumpy and we regularly send technical letters to the NHS explaining the ups and downs in supply over the coming weeks.”
He was faced with questions from the Daily Mail about whether the introduction of the vaccine would now be delayed for those over 50 and later for those over 40.
However, Mr Hancock said everything remained on track and the deadline for a first dose of the vaccine for those over 50 was still fully achievable by April 15.
Likewise, he said it was still very much to be expected to offer a first dose to anyone over 40 by the end of July.
However, he said officials would focus on destroying the vulnerable people who don’t need to be stabbed before moving on to those over 40.
Speaking at the Downing Street press conference, he said, “We are on track to offer a first dose to everyone in priority groups 1-9 by April 15th. While we are honoring this commitment, we also want to make sure this offering reaches everyone in groups 1-9.
“At the same time as opening up vaccination offers to everyone over 50, we will do everything we can to reach everyone in the most vulnerable groups who have not yet come forward before moving on to the next cohort, which is people in their 40s.
“Before we go any further, I want us to be confident that we have done all we can to protect the most vulnerable and that we will do all we can to deliver the supplies that are contracted to protect the people in us this country.”