Therapy Areas: Vaccines
England opens up its COVID-19 vaccination programme to more groups
18 January 2021 -

Reuters news agency reported on Monday that England will launch the next phase of its COVID-19 vaccination programme on 18 January 2021 by offering vaccine doses to people aged 70 and above and those who are considered clinically extremely vulnerable to COVID-19.

Reportedly, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have their own powers over health policy.

England's vaccination programme, the biggest so far in Europe, has focused until now on people aged 80 and older as well as frontline health and care staff.

UK Health minister, Matt Hancock, said over half of all over-80s had now had a vaccination.

Prime Minster, Boris Johnson, has set a target of vaccinating the four most at-risk categories, encompassing roughly 14 million people, by the middle of February 2021.

According to the UK government, the first two groups in its programme would remain its priority but that vaccination sites, which can take in more people, will invite members of the next two cohorts for their shots.