Covid vaccination drive opens up to everyone over age of 21
Health / Wed 16th Jun 2021 at 12:07pm
ENGLAND’S Covid vaccination drive has opened to everyone over the age of 21 today, as ministers race to get every adult jabbed by July 19 reports the Daily Mail.
Around one million people aged 21 and 22 will begin to be invited to come forward for their vaccine from this morning, leaving only 18 to 20-year-olds waiting for the call. NHS bosses expect to open up the scheme to all adults by the end of this week
Boris Johnson this week delayed the final step of the roadmap back to normality by four weeks to give the NHS a ‘few more crucial weeks’ to protect Britons from the rapid spread of the Indian variant.
The Government brought forward its target for vaccinating all adults from July 31 to July 19 to deal with the rapidly growing Delta strain variant and to hit the jab target in time for the country unlocking. No10 has also pledged to get two-thirds of adults fully inoculated by the same date.
But there are fears a shortage in supply of vaccines could threaten a further delay to the final unlocking. Although No10 hasn’t made achieving the goal a clause of going ahead with the final unlocking, Freedom Day was only ever delayed to ensure millions more adults were fully protected.
Ministers have conceded that the supply of the Pfizer jab is ‘tight’ while the Moderna vaccine — which has only just become available — is thought to be similarly limited. Both are shipped in weekly batches from factories in Europe.