The Covid vaccine rollout has entered a new phase after the government announced a major milestone had been reached.
Boris Johnson said yesterday (February 14) that the most vulnerable groups, including all over 70s, had been offered the vaccine in the UK.
Today the vaccine programme is officially being expanded as over 65s and those aged over 16 in at-risk groups are invited to book appointments.
Unpaid carers will also be offered coronavirus jabs at this stage.
More than 15 million people in the UK have had a first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine, though some of these are believed to be in lower priority groups.
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When will over 60s get the Covid vaccine?
Over 60s should receive the Covid vaccine by April 30. The government has promised to offer coronavirus jabs to all over 50s by this date.
Covid vaccines are being administered according to the priority list determined by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation.
The list includes nine groups – jabs have already been offered to the top four groups, the government has said.
By today (February 15), the government had promised to vaccinate:
- Residents in a care home for older adults and staff working in care homes for older adults
- All those 80 years of age and over and frontline health and social care workers
- All those 75 years of age and over
- All those 70 years of age and over and clinically extremely vulnerable individuals (not including pregnant women and those under 16 years of age)
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The government announced yesterday (February 14) that vaccines will now be offered to the next two priority groups – over 65s and adults aged 16-65 in ‘at risk’ groups.
At-risk groups are counted as those with the following critical conditions:
- a blood cancer (such as leukaemia, lymphoma or myeloma)
- a heart problem
- a chest complaint or breathing difficulties, including bronchitis, emphysema or severe asthma
- a kidney disease
- a liver disease
- lowered immunity due to disease or treatment (such as HIV infection, steroid medication, chemotherapy or radiotherapy)
- rheumatoid arthritis, lupus or psoriasis (who may require long term immunosuppressive treatments)
- have had an organ transplant
- had a stroke or a transient ischaemic attack (TIA)
- a neurological or muscle wasting condition
- a severe or profound learning disability
- a problem with your spleen, example sickle cell disease, or you have had your spleen removed
- are seriously overweight (BMI of 40 and above)
- are severely mentally ill
No date has been set for when these two groups will receive their jab, but the government has promised to vaccine all over 50s by the end of April.
By April 30, the following groups should have received their jab:
- All those 65 years of age and over
- Adults aged 16 to 65 years in an at-risk group
- All those 60 years of age and over
- All those 55 years of age and over
- All those 50 years of age and over
After this, vaccines will be offered to adults aged over 16. The JCVI is currently deciding who should be prioritised within this group.
All UK adults will have been offered the vaccine by September, the government has said.
Government data up to February 13 shows that, of the 15,599,904 jabs given in the UK so far, 15,062,189 were first doses – a rise of 505,362 on the previous day.
Some 537,715 were second doses, an increase of 2,846 on figures released the previous day.