Saturday, 27 February, 2021


Ontario announces who's next in line for COVID-19 vaccines

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Bennie Garza | 15 February, 2021, 06:53

The government is aiming to offer a vaccine to 15 million people in these priority groups by February 15 - which would cover 88 per cent of those most at risk of dying from Covid-19.

Britain, which has been the hardest hit in Europe by the pandemic, registering almost 117,000 deaths within 28 days of a positive Covid-19 test, began its biggest ever vaccination campaign in early December.

"I am determined that we protect as many of our country's most vulnerable people from this bad disease as soon as possible..."

Johnson had set the aim of offering a jab to everybody in the top four priority groups of around 15 million people by the end of this week.

The UK has reached its target of first Covid-19 vaccine doses to 15 million of its citizens.

The country will now start administering vaccines from Monday to those aged between 65 and 69 and the clinically vulnerable to COVID-19, with nearly 1.2 million already invited to book their jabs, the state-run National Health Service (NHS) said.

"We will not rest till we offer the vaccine to the whole of phase1 the 1-9 categories of the most vulnerable & all over 50s by end April and then all adults".

Last month the programme expanded rapidly to include larger vaccination centres, smaller GP-run centres, as well as some pharmacies and hospitals.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said this accomplishment is "thanks to the incredible efforts of frontline NHS workers, vaccine volunteers, the armed forces and all those working in local and central government".

The UK is on track to offer the jab to all of the most vulnerable people by Monday, ministers have said.

"This is an exciting moment as we now move on to those aged 65 and over and the clinically vulnerable as part of our plan to vaccinate as many people as possible who can benefit from it", he said.

Only two COVID-19 vaccines, the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines produced in Europe, are approved for use in Canada and both companies have come up short in their recent shipments to the country.

Zahawi tweeted: "15 million!"

"This milestone shows exactly what happens when clinicians are allowed to lead from the front, unhindered by unnecessary bureaucracy or red tape as they focus on delivering vaccines to patients, and this must continue as we look to the next phase of the rollout".

However, he also admitted concerns about the levels of vaccine uptake amongst some communities.

Johnson said all those groups had been reached in England but did not speak for Scotland or Northern Ireland, and did not say the overall target had been met. Wales said it had met the target on Saturday.

On that day, Mr Johnson said: "If we succeed in vaccinating all those groups, we will have removed huge numbers of people from the path of the virus".

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