Five million over-70s to 'begin receiving invitations for Covid jabs next week' as Government ramps up roll-outJanuary 16, 2021
FIVE million over-70s are expected to start receiving invitations for Covid jabs next week.
It comes as 316,694 people got their first dose yesterday, taking the UK total to 3.2million.
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That includes 45 per cent of over-80s and nearly 40 per cent of care home residents.
In some areas more than 90 per cent of over-80s have been vaccinated, and now ministers are reportedly getting ready to give the go-ahead to the next age group in line for the jab.
Letters inviting over-70s to book their vaccination could start arriving early next week, The Daily Telegraph reported.
This means appointments could be made as early as next weekend.
Government sources said the timetable had not yet been agreed, but senior officials said over-70s would be invited for vaccinations “in the coming days”.
A senior source said: "Some GPs have already done most of the over-80s and we can’t afford to wait around.
"It’s taking some time to reach all of the people in the first category so it makes sense to move to the next JCVI cohorts. And we have the supplies to make it work."
New mass sites at St Helens rugby league ground in Merseyside, Bournemouth International Centre and Saxon Court in Milton Keynes are also expected to start vaccinating within days.
In some areas, more than 90 per cent of over-80s have been vaccinated.
It comes as new cases tumble in every age group – except, crucially, the over-80s.
At yesterday’s Downing Street press conference, Boris Johnson said: “With almost 45 per cent of our over-80s now vaccinated and almost 40 per cent of care home residents, we are steadily protecting those most at risk.
"And I pay particular tribute to the vaccination efforts going on in Cockermouth, in Cumbria, Yateley and Cheltenham, where they have vaccinated around 90 per cent of their over-80s in their communities.”
On Monday, we published our plan to vaccinate as many people, as quickly as possible, across the UK.
And The Sun's Jabs Army is calling on everyone who has the time to join the legions of volunteers already signed up and to boost volunteer numbers further still.
But the operation, hailed by Boris Johnson, is not without its challenges.
Britain is set to face short-term delays in the delivery of the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine as the company is upgrading its Belguim factory.
Pfizer is upscaling production in Purrs to produce more doses than originally planned for 2021, meaning deliveries to European countreis will be temporarily reduced.
Shipments of the vaccine are set to be affected this month.
But the overall number of doses due to be delivered between January and March will remain the same.
The UK has secured 40million doses of the vaccine from Pfizer and BioNTech.
In response, the Government said that it is still working to its plan of vaccinating all four priority groups by February 15.
It comes after daily Covid deaths exceeded 1,000 for the fourth day in a row yesterday, as infections rose by 55,761.
But the total number of people who have lost their lives to the bug in Britain is now 87,295 with deaths expected to continue rising next week.
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