The Covid vaccine rollout is continuing at great speed, with more than one in three adults in England now having had their first dose. And at least 95 percent of those aged 70 or over in the UK have received their jab – expect for London and Wales, which are slightly behind. The Government has set themselves quite a target to achieve with the vaccine program, and time is of the essence if the lockdown restrictions are to be eased according to the dates Boris Johnson provided while unveiling his roadmap for Britain. So where are we now?
What age group are being vaccinated now?
In most places in the UK, the vaccination rollout has reached its sixth phase in the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) priority list.
This is for “all individuals aged 16 years to 64 years with underlying health conditions which put them at higher risk of serious disease and mortality”
However, some regions are already one step ahead and are rolling out the vaccine to those in the seventh step -which means anyone aged 60 or over.
So what does this mean for you and when you’ll receive the vaccine?
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Prof Wei Shen Lim, Covid-19 chair of the JCVI, said: “Speed of deployment is the most important factor.”
Speaking at a coronavirus news conference at Downing Street, England’s deputy chief medical officer Prof Jonathan Van-Tam said the data actually showed that the occupations of those dying from COVID-19 were not necessarily those with more ‘risky’ jobs such as police officers.
In fact, he said ONS data on occupations with the highest Covid death rates begin with restaurant and catering establishment managers or proprietors, followed by metal-working and machine operatives, food, drink and tobacco process operatives, chefs, and taxi and cab drivers.
He said: “When we’re getting down into phase two of the vaccine campaigns… being in the queue is more important than where you are in it.
“Be reassured the queue is moving really fast and that you’re going to get to the front of the queue because it’s moving fast.”