All UK adults to be offered vaccine by July pledges Prime Minister
Author: Liss Morales | Sunday 21st February 2021
The Prime Minister has pledged that all adults in the UK will be offered their first dose of the COVID vaccine by July 31st.
Over the past two months, since December 2020, the UK has seen its COVID-19 vaccine given to over 17 million people. Prime Minister Boris Johnson has stated that he now wants this programme to go “further and faster”, seeing all UK adults offered the jab by the end of July.
He claims that the July target will aid in keeping vulnerable people protected and ease lockdown restrictions across the UK.
The Prime Minister is due to hold a meeting with senior ministers about the ease of lockdown before setting out a full plan on Monday.
NHS England Chief Executive Sir Simon Stevens expressed that there had been “early signs” suggesting that the COVID vaccine has contributed to a fall in hospital admissions. It is assumed that this this speedier rollout to vulnerable people would be a critical in reducing the pandemic’s death toll.
With the aim to have the vaccine offered to all UK adult by July 31, the plan also suggests that by April 15 all adults aged over 50, and younger people with underlying health conditions will have been offered the jab already.
Updates to follow.