REVEALED: The nine areas of the UK that ‘will give all over-50s their first Covid vaccination by March 7’ – almost a MONTH ahead of schedule
- Over 50s in Bristol, Leicestershire and West Yorkshire could get a jab by March 7
- Six other areas could be injecting their first doses to over 50s by the same date
- Matt Hancock has said every adult will be offered a vaccine by the end of July
Nine areas across the UK will have given all of their over 50s the first dose of a Covid jab by March 7 – almost a month ahead of schedule, according to new figures.
Vaccine roll-outs in the West of England appear to be leading the way, with Gloucestershire, Bristol, Devon, North Somerset and Cornwall all on course to have delivered their first jab to over 50s by the end of the first week in March.
Suffolk, Staffordshire, Leicestershire and West Yorkshire are also set to reach the same target.
Earlier today Matt Hancock said all over 50s could be vaccinated by April – with all adults expected to receive their first injection by the end of July.
Estimates based on Covid-19 jabs delivered so far suggest roll-outs in the West could have given the jab to all local over 50s by March 7 – a month ahead of schedule
Matt Hancock today announced that all over 50s should receive the first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine by April 15, while all adults could be vaccinated by the end of July
Analysis from the Telegraph has identified the trusts that are set to be dishing out doses by early March.
Cambridgeshire, West Birmingham, Derbyshire and Essex is expected to have their first round of doses for over 50s completed by March 21, while East London’s health care partnership may reach the target by the first week of April.
Mr Hancock confirmed today that everyone over 50 will be offered at least a first dose by April 15, rather than by May, as previously suggested.
The Government previously said it hoped to reach all those aged 18 and over by the autumn, but Boris Johnson aims to greatly accelerate the successful campaign.
The Health Secretary also confirmed that one-in-three adults in England has now been vaccinated.
But asked about the speed of the lockdown lifting, he told Sky’s Ridge on Sunday: ‘It is right to be cautious, it is incredibly important. There are still almost 20,000 people in the hospital with Covid right now. Almost 20,000.
‘The vaccination programme whilst clearly going very well, will take time to be able to reach all people who have significant vulnerability, especially because we also need to get the second jab to everybody.
‘So we have got time that needs to be taken to get this right, the PM will set out the roadmap tomorrow and he will set out the full details, taking into account that we need to take a cautious but irreversible approach, that’s the goal.’
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Tomorrow Mr Johnson will set out Britain’s roadmap out of lockdown while also outlining the speed of the vaccination scheme.
NHS Chief Executive Sir Simon Stevens said today: ‘The NHS COVID vaccination campaign continues full steam ahead – letters inviting everyone aged 65 to 69 went out a week ago, and already over two thirds of them have had their first COVID vaccination.
‘Across England overall nearly a third of adults have now had their first jab, and early signs suggest this is contributing to the welcome fall in coronavirus hospitalisation that we’re now seeing.’
The Prime Minister will temper news of the turbo-charged vaccination programme with a ‘cautious and phased’ route out of lockdown.
All pupils will return to school on March 8 – a planned backed by Labour leader Keir Starmer this morning – and care home residents in England will each be allowed one regular visitor.
By Easter, at the start of April, two households will be allowed to meet up outside. That will be followed shortly afterwards by the reopening of non-essential shops and pubs and restaurants for outdoor service only.
The hospitality industry is expected to reopen fully in May.
However, former Tory chief whip Mark Harper, who leads the Covid Recovery Group, this morning repeated his call for all restrictions be lifted by the end of April, once the most vulnerable groups had been vaccinated under the new timetable.