Brits over 18 set to have Covid vaccine ‘by end of June in Govt jab plan’
Senior Government officials are hoping all Brits over the age of 18 will have the Covid jab in time for summer, according to sources.
Whitehall sources believe the target, of vaccinating five million people a week, could be realistic within months, writes The Telegraph.
A further two vaccines in the pipeline, from Johnson & Johnson and Moderna, could help the UK speed up the process to get the jab to all 54 million adults.
A source told The Telegraph : "All over-18s by June – yes."
They added: "It is delivery, delivery, delivery.”
However, the Department of Health are reluctant to publicly to announce a public deadline, after saying it hoped it would have vaccinated "tens of millions" of people by April.
Britain's new £158m Government vaccine factory in Oxfordshire has said it'll be able to vaccinate the entire nation against new dangerous Covid strains within four months, when it is fully open by the end of the year.
The only public target set by No10 is to offer the Covid jab to 14.9m Brits by February 15, but ministers are reportedly growing concerned due to manufacturing delays from AstraZeneca and Pfizer.
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AstraZeneca is believed to have delayed its target of delivering two million jabs a week to the UK, from the end of this month to the middle of next month.
Pfizer said it was delaying deliveries to the country to reconfigure manufacturing sites to boost capacity.
One source said this presented "a real challenge" to hit the target set by Boris Johnson – of offering jabs to 14.9 million of the most vulnerable by the middle of next month.
They added: "It remains tight, very tight for our targets. It was always ambitious, massively ambitious."
The news comes as Armed Forces medics will spend at least two months in hospitals to help ease pressure on the frontline in the south east.
A Department of Health spokesperson said: “We do not recognise the 'internal target' referenced. Our aim is to offer priority groups 1-4 their first jab by February 15.
“Through the UK vaccines delivery plan we are making fantastic progress rolling out jabs as quickly as possible to the most vulnerable.”
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