Vaccination progress report

Yesterday, the Prime Minister set out that the UK vaccination programme continues to power past the target set six weeks ago, with more than 15 million people receiving at the least the first vaccination dose:  – but he reiterated that we must be both optimistic and patient by staying at home, to protect the NHS and save lives. 

  • As the Prime Minister said yesterday, we have grounds for confidence. Our vaccine rollout is an unprecedented national achievement, and having now offered a vaccine to everyone in the top four priority groups, we can begin vaccinating the next vulnerable cohorts.
  • However, we must keep our foot to the floor. The level of infection remains very high, with more people still in hospital today than at the peak last April and admissions running at 1,600 a day. And although we have vaccinated more than 90 per cent of those aged over 70, 60 per cent of hospital patients with Covid are under 70 and we still don’t have enough data about the exact effectiveness of the vaccines in reducing the spread of infection.
  • Next week, the Prime Minister will be setting out a roadmap saying as much as he possibly can about the route back to normality. We want this lockdown to be the last – and we want progress to be cautious but also irreversible which is why it is so important that everyone continues to follow the rules.


Jim said…
The government is now not just losing support of the public but also of its own back benches. We have a vaccine, vaccinate or isolate the vunerable and open up the economy.

Sick to death of contradicting advise, we were told last novemeber that a vaccine would end lock downs, celebrate xmas at easter, just a couple more months. Well now we have the vaccines, yet still we are hearing "just a couple more months".

Road accidents kill thousands but we dont close down roads because of it. Flu kills thousands but we dont close the country for it.

the stupid announcements of 10 year prison sentances for booking a holiday, well even the judges said makes an absolute mockery out of the system.

We really need to get things open again, schools back next week, gyms and hospitality open by march.

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