UK hits target: Gives at least 1 vaccine shot to 15 million

  • UK hits target: Gives at least 1 vaccine shot to 15 million

UK hits target: Gives at least 1 vaccine shot to 15 million

Ministers, health workers and volunteers will join a weekend drive to encourage Britain's most vulnerable to receive a COVID-19 vaccination, as a target nears of reaching 15 million people in top priority tiers.

Britain got a head start on its vaccination effort in December, when it became the first country to authorize widespread use of a COVID-19 shot.

But today's memo says immediate priority should now be given to staff and essential caregivers in long-term care, high-risk retirement and First Nations elder care homes, and any residents of these settings that have not yet received a first dose of vaccine.

The Union Health Ministry said the cumulative number of healthcare and frontline workers vaccinated against coronavirus in the country surpassed 80 lakh on Saturday.

Hospitalizations dropped by seven to 805, with 132 people in intensive care, which is two more than the day before.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson will set out on February 22 the government's plans to end the lockdown and has said he wants schools to reopen on March 8.

The government earlier this year set a target of immunizing its top four priority groups - covering about 14.6 million people - by February 15.

In Scotland-as of 8.30am on February 14, 1,223,774 people had received their first dose of the vaccine, according to the Scottish Government.

From Monday, the vaccine rollout is being expanded to include over-65s and those deemed clinically vulnerable. All adults should be offered a first dose by the autumn, he said.

People who receive a letter will be able to choose where they receive their vaccine from more than 100 large-scale vaccination centres or nearly 200 pharmacy services.

Zahawi tweeted: "15 million!"

"There is so much more to do and I urge anyone eligible to step forward and take up their appointment", Health Secretary Matt Hancock said Sunday.

They are meeting at a seaside retreat in Cornwall in southwestern England on June 11-13, after last year's gathering in the United States was shelved because of the pandemic.

"As we widen the net on vaccine eligibility, it's also vital that the Government is clear in its messaging to the public, which must be culturally competent so that we maximise uptake in areas of deprivation and in black and minority ethnic populations".

The virtual meeting, the first hosted by Johnson as part of the UK's G7 Presidency this year and the first gathering of G7 leaders since April 2020, will bring together the world leaders to discuss how leading democracies can work together to ensure equitable distribution of coronavirus vaccines around the world and prevent future pandemics.