Matt Hancock discusses possibility of vaccine passports in UK
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The vaccine rollout in England has now entered a new phase after more than 15 million people have received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. The rollout in England will now officially be expanded to new groups on the vaccine priority list. But when exactly will you receive the coronavirus vaccine?
The UK Government confirmed it had reached its target of giving at least one dose of the Covid vaccine to 15 million people in Britain.
The majority of these individuals were at high risk of the virus.
The first priority groups, including those aged 70 and over, the clinically extremely vulnerable and health and social care workers have now been invited to receive the first dose of the vaccine.
In total, 15,062,189 people have received the first dose of the vaccine, with a further 537,715 having received their second dose as well.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson shared his delight at reaching the vaccination target on Sunday.
He said there was still “a long way to go” and that there would “undoubtedly be bumps in the road”.
Mr Johnson’s comment came a week before he is due to unveil his roadmap for lockdown easing in the UK.
Over the weekend, more than 60 Tory backbenchers are said to have backed a Covid Research Group letter calling on Mr Johnson to commit to a firm timetable, starting with the reopening of schools on March 8 and ending with the lifting of all legal restrictions by the end of April.
Letters will now be sent to those aged 65 and over, as well as those who have underlying health conditions aged 16 to 65 inviting them to receive the first dose of their vaccine.
People who receive a letter will be able to choose where they receive their vaccine from more than 100 large vaccination centres or almost 200 pharmacy services.
Those defined as clinically vulnerable include those with conditions such as chronic respiratory disease such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or severe asthma.
The Government now hopes to vaccinate all the remaining priority groups by the end of April.
This means the Government would have to vaccinate an additional 18.7 million people by the end of April.
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According to analysis compiled by Express.co.uk, each remaining priority group is likely to begin receiving the vaccine on these dates:
- Aged 60 and over: February 25
- Aged 55 and over: March 7
- Aged 50 and over: March 20
- Remaining adult population: April 2.
In the wake of all over-50s being vaccinated, other vulnerable groups such as essential workers are expected to be vaccinated.
Police officers and teachers will be vaccinated most likely from late spring.
Children as young as six will soon be tested in a new clinical trial investigating the efficacy of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine.
Children and pregnant women were not included in original vaccine trials, but now researchers will use 300 volunteers to assess whether the coronavirus vaccine will produce a strong immune response in children aged six to 17.
The vaccine trial, due to begin this month, will be undertaken at Oxford University, as well as its partner sites in London, Southampton and Bristol.
Children are not currently included in the vaccination priority list, excluding those who are extremely clinically vulnerable, but it is possible they will be following the trial.
When will you get the vaccine?
People will be contacted when they are eligible to receive the vaccine.
However, based on recent vaccination data, a new calculator tool has been created to help you work out when you might receive the vaccine.
You can check where you might be in the vaccine queue here.
The tool provides an estimate of where you are in the queue based on the Government’s nine group priority list.
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