Covid milestone: Optimism as vaccine rollout speeds on with over-30s set for jabs by May

New guidance issued by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) says current rates of vaccination mean those aged 35 to 39 could be offered a jab in the second half of May. The UK recently began offering doses of Covid vaccine to those over 45 – after offering jabs to all over-50s ahead of schedule.

Based on the current rates of vaccination, the JCVI recommends over-35s be offered a dose in the second half of May.

People aged between 30 and 35 could then be offered vaccines by the end of May or in early June.

Lastly, Brits aged 25 to 29 would see offers through June, with 18 to 24-year-olds contacted by July at the latest.

It comes after Tuesday saw the vaccine programme expand to those over 45.

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Health Secretary Matt Hancock has insisted the UK is on track to offer all adults a vaccine by the end of July.

Speaking in the House of Commons, he told MPs: “We’ve now delivered a first dose to over 32 million people and are on track to offer a vaccine to all adults by the end of July.

“This weekend we also saw a record number of second doses, so overall – as of midnight last night – we have now delivered more than 40 million doses of vaccines right across the UK. It’s a remarkable achievement.”

Mr Hancock claimed the vaccination programme has “already saved over 10,000 lives, with more to come”.

The update comes after NHS data showed the majority of those admitted to hospital with coronavirus in England are under 65 years old.

NHS England figures have revealed 51 percent of coronavirus patients admitted daily were under 65, and 49 percent over.

During the winter, two-thirds of admissions were over-65.

Yesterday saw 181 more people admitted to hospital with coronavirus.


As of yesterday, the UK has administered 32,326,604 first doses and 8,170,081 second doses of coronavirus vaccine.

Yesterday also saw another 2,491 cases and 38 deaths within 28 days of a positive coronavirus test.

In total, the UK has recorded 4,378,305 cases and 127,161 deaths.



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