People in England aged 70 and over and those listed as clinically extremely vulnerable, will begin receiving offers of a coronavirus vaccine this week (w/c 18 January 2021).
More than five million people – from priority groups three and four (see foot of this article for definition of the groups) – will be invited to have the jab from Monday 18 January 2021.
The expansion of the vaccination programme comes after the number of people to receive a first dose rose to 3.8 million across the UK (by 17 Jan) more than have tested positive (3.4 million) since the pandemic began.
Nadhim Zahawi, the minister responsible for the vaccine rollout told BBC Breakfast on Monday that under the first phase of the rollout, the aim was to vaccinate the top four priority groups by mid-February, followed by the next five groups – which include people aged 50 and over and those aged between 16 and 64 with underlying health conditions.
Who Gets The Vaccine First?
Broadly, vaccines are being given to the most vulnerable first, as set out in a list of nine high-priority groups, covering around 25 million people in the UK.
They are thought to represent 90-99% of those at risk of dying from Covid-19.
- Residents in care homes for older adults and their carers
- 80-year-olds and over and frontline health and social care workers
- 75-year-olds and over
- 70-year-olds and over and clinically extremely vulnerable individuals
- 65-year-olds and over
- 16- to 64-year-olds with serious underlying health conditions
- 60-year-olds and over
- 55-year-olds and over
- 50-year-olds and over