Three Covid vaccines have been approved for use by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA). The Pfizer/BioNTech and Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccines are already being deployed across the UK and more than 16 million people have now received their first Covid vaccine dose. The Government is currently aiming to vaccinate all people within the top nine priority groups with at least one vaccine dose by the end of April.
Vaccines have been widely cited as the world’s exit route from the pandemic.
However, Boris Johnson said this week he will take a “cautious and prudent approach” to easing the country out of its third national lockdown since March 2020.
The Prime Minister is awaiting new data on the impact of vaccines on the spread of coronavirus in the UK before announcing any easing of lockdown measures.
Later this month, Mr Johnson is expected to outline his ‘roadmap’ for easing lockdown, which he has stressed will be based on “data not dates”.
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After the top nine priority groups have been vaccinated, the order of priority has not been determined for the rest of the population.
From Spring 2021, the Government plans to start vaccinating the 21 million people who comprise the rest of the adult population.
Although the priority list hasn’t been decided yet, workers such as teachers, police officers and supermarket staff could be prioritised.
It is not known yet whether children could also be vaccinated in the future.