Lockdown end in sight: Hancock confirms ALL over 50s to get coronavirus vaccine by April

GMB: Matt Hancock sets April goal on vaccine rollout

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The Health Secretary set out the next phase of the coronavirus vaccine rollout to Ben and Kate on Monday morning. After successfully hitting the target of vaccinating 15 million people by February 15, Matt Hancock insisted the Government’s ambition was to now press on and vaccinate all those in groups 1-9 by the end of April. This would see the Government switch focus to vaccinating the over-50s and could mean 32 million will have been offered jabs by May – nearly half the population.

The Health Secretary added he was confident the UK’s vaccine supply was able to meet the new ambitious target.

Mr Hancock said: “We do hope that the total quantity of supply per week will increase over time as the manufacturing gets faster, that is in the plan.

“What we can commit to is reaching all those in categories one to nine with the offer of a jab by the end of April whilst at the same time doing the second doses which are baked into the schedule.”

The 15 million total was passed after another 429,497 first vaccine doses were given in England in 24 hours, plus 2,186 second shots.

More to follow.

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