FIVE million over-70s and “extremely vulnerable” Brits will be invited to get their Covid jab from today.
Letters will be sent to the next two priority groups as the UK jabs 140 people every minute and 10 new vaccination centres open this morning.
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Five million over-70s and extremely vulnerable people will be offered Covid jabs from todayCredit: PA:Press Association
Boris Johnson hailed a new “milestone” in the race to vaccinate the country.
The next stage will see 4.6million in their 70s and older another one million who are “clinically extremely vulnerable”.
This group includes people who have immune conditions, cancer are have received organ transplants.
More than 3.8 million people in the UK – including over-80s, care home residents, and NHS and social care staff – have already received their first dose of the vaccine.
And ministers believe all 54million Brits over 18 will have been immunised by the end of June.
Mr Johnson has pledged to offer vaccinations to the first four priority groups by the middle of next month, while Dominic Raab said all adults would be offered a first dose by September.
JAB’S A GOOD UN
The PM said: “Today is a significant milestone in our vaccination programme as we open it up to millions more who are most at risk from Covid-19.
“We are now delivering the vaccine at a rate of 140 jabs a minute and I want to thank everyone involved in this national effort.”
The Government said it would remain the priority to vaccinate those in the first two groups, but that sites which have enough supply and capacity to vaccinate more people.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock said Britain is “nearly on the home straight” in beating the pandemic as ten new mass vaccination hubs open today.
Sir Simon Stevens, NHS England boss, told the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show that hospitals are currently administering 140 jabs a minute, with the programme to be ramped up even further.
140 A MINUTE
When asked if he would like to see Covid vaccinations given “all day, all night”, Sir Simon said: “Absolutely, we will do that at the point that we have enough supply that it makes sense.”
He added: “We will start testing 24/7 in some hospitals over the course of the next 10 days.
“But we are at the moment vaccinating at the rate of about 140 jabs a minute.”
Mass testing of entire regions is being considered to end the national lockdown, the Telegraph reported.
An idea reportedly being considered is to send lateral flow test kits out to every home in a region of the UK.
RETURN TO TIERS
Lockdown is set to be lifted in March under the Government’s plans to ease restrictions but the Tiers system will return, Mr Raab said.
The foreign minister said easing measures will “not happen in one big bang,” instead insisting they will be “phased out” in individual regions.
It comes after a cabinet deal was done to approve a three-point plan for lifting the coronavirus lockdown by early spring.
In order for measures to be eased, an area’s death rate must fall, the number of hospital admissions must drop and some in the 50 to 70-year-old age range must be vaccinated.
How to sign up for Jabs Army
VOLUNTEERS for the Jabs Army are being asked to first register online at nhsvolunteerresponders.org.uk
You will then receive an email with log-in details to sign up online.
Finally, you will be asked to download the GoodSAM app on a smartphone which will match you to a role in your area.
Services will be opening in the coming days and weeks, with different areas up and running at different times, so you might not be required on site for some weeks. Not everyone who signs up will need to be called upon.
You need to commit to only two six-hour shifts a month at a vaccination service, and no prior experience or qualifications are required.
You will work as part of a team that will include NHS staff and volunteers. The Royal Voluntary Service will conduct appropriate background checks.
People queue outside Salisbury Cathedral, Wiltshire, to recieve an injection of the Pfizer coronavirus vaccineCredit: PA:Press Association
Ten new mass Covid vaccine super-hubs across the country will start giving jabs from Monday.
Thousands more people will be given the doses at the hubs, which include sports venues, conference centres and stadiums.
Blackburn Cathedral, St Helens Rugby Ground, Bournemouth International Centre and Taunton Racecourse are among the new venues where Brits can be vaccinated.
A site in Wembley, north west London, will serve the capital with Norwich Food Court and Salt Hill Activity Centre in Slough, Berkshire among other sites opening.
It brings the total number of super hubs to 17 after seven mass coronavirus vaccination centres opened in England last week.
The mass hubs spearhead Government plans to turbocharge the vaccine rollout so five million people receive jabs every week.
Britain is on course to vaccinate all adults by the summer — giving hope for much-needed sunny holidays.
In a huge boost to the nation’s spirits, NHS boss Sir Simon Stevens said he is hopeful the country can “go faster” with its Covid jabs than the autumn target.
The country is set to get a fourth coronavirus vaccine with a French firm to start making 60 million doses within days.
Drugs company Valneva is due to start mass manufacturing the jab at its plant in Scotland, the Mail on Sunday reports.
Meanwhile, NatWest and Mecca Bingo owner Rank Group are the latest leading firms to back The Sun’s Jabs Army.
It comes as the number of people signing up to our campaign hit an amazing 48,000.
We are now just 2,000 shy of our 50,000 target, set when we launched the Jabs Army appeal on New Year’s Day.
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