Tuesday, January 05, 2021

Vaccination Rollout Update

The NHS continues to roll out the biggest vaccination programme in Britain's history – with more than half a million doses of the new Oxford University/AstraZeneca being made available yesterday, and tens of millions more to be delivered in the coming weeks and months.

  • So far, Britain has vaccinated more people than the rest of Europe combined. With yesterday’s arrival of the UK’s own Oxford Astra Zeneca vaccine, the pace of vaccination is accelerating. 
     
  • By the middle of February, if things go well, we expect to have offered the first vaccine dose to everyone in the four top priority groups – including all residents in a care home for older adults and their carers, everyone over the age of 70, all frontline health and social care workers, and everyone who is clinically extremely vulnerable.
     
  • We should remain cautious about the timetable ahead, but if we succeed in vaccinating all those groups, we will have removed huge numbers of people from the path of the virus. If our understanding of the virus doesn’t change dramatically once again and the rollout of the vaccine programme continues to be successful, we will eventually be able to lift many of the restrictions we have endured for so long.

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