The coronavirus vaccine has been hailed as the best way to return life to a “new normal”. More than 16.4 million people have received the first dose of the Covid vaccine and the UK Government is aiming to vaccinate up to 17 million more people by mid-April. But when exactly will over-40s get the coronavirus vaccine?
The Government’s vaccination programme has seen 16,423,082 people vaccinated up to and including February 17.
A further 573,724 have received a second dose of the Covid vaccine.
On February 17, 482,110 received the first dose of the vaccine and 15,147 people received the second dose of the vaccine.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has promised to donate a majority of the UK’s surplus vaccine supply to poorer countries in a speech to a virtual G7 meeting.
Mr Johnson urged rich countries to back a new 100-day target for the development of new vaccines for future emerging diseases.
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People over the age of 40 could be given the Covid-19 vaccine as early as next month according to reports.
Age will likely be a dominant factor in deciding the next phase of the rollout, according to Government advisers.
The next step will see 40 to 49-year-olds invited for a jab once the people in the top nine groups get their first dose, according to the Daily Mail.
Professor Wei Shen Lim, head of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), said age “dominates by a long way” in deciding the next phase of the rollout.
Whitehall sources have denied claims the UK will invite over-40s for a jab in less than five weeks.
A health official told the Mirror: “This is total speculation. We have set out what we are aiming to achieve and what we think is deliverable – which is the remaining phase one groups by May.”
More detail about the future of the vaccination plan and lockdown easing is due to be announced by Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday.
He is using the latest coronavirus data, including vaccine reports to analyse the impact on transmission, serious illness and deaths, in order to determine the speed by which restrictions can be lifted.
The UK could be back to normal by May with new data on the effectiveness of vaccines “looking promising”, a senior scientific adviser has said.
Imperial College London Professor Neil Ferguson was asked if the world could return to normal by May.
He told the BBC: “It still may well be that…we’re in a very different country than we are today.”
Professor Ferguson added lockdown rules will likely remain in place, but he believes “society will be a lot more normal”.
A top scientific adviser said vaccines are “doing the job” when it comes to cutting the number of people infected with Covid across the UK.
Professor Adam Finn, from the University of Bristol and a member of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), said “everything’s moving in the right direction” when it comes to the impact of vaccines on the pandemic.