This week, the Government has published our UK COVID-19 Vaccines Delivery Plan.
It is clear vaccines are our way out of this pandemic, and delivering them safely, efficiently, and effectively is the ultimate key to unlocking more normal lives once again.
Due to the talent and capabilities of the UK’s brilliant scientific sector and regulatory bodies, we have now approved three vaccines ready for use to tackle Covid-19 (more than any other country in the world). We have moved fast to rollout these vaccines as quickly and as safely as possible. 2.4 million doses have already been administered and we have also vaccinated more people than any other country in Europe.
The UK COVID-19 Vaccines Delivery Plan sets out how the Government intends to meet its ambitious targets by four key aims: (1) Supply; (2) Prioritisation; (3) Places; (4) People. It confirms that the Government aims to vaccinate everyone in the top four priority groups by the middle of February 2021. These groups have so far accounted for 88 per cent of Covid-19 fatalities – prioritising them is therefore crucial. Afterwards, we will move to vaccinating all adults with the aim of doing so by the Autumn. This will be the largest vaccination rollout in British history. The plan contains various key commitments, including:
- The ability to deliver at least 2 million vaccinations in England per week by the end of January
- Having over 2,700 vaccine sites open across the UK, including 50 large sites
- Everyone in England will be within 10 miles of a vaccination site
- All residents and staff in over 10,000 care homes across the country will be offered a vaccine by the end of the month.
- 80,000 health workers and 200,000 volunteers will be involved in this national effort.
Michael welcomed the plan saying "Its such great news that so many people have been vaccinated already. I know that sites are open an vaccinating in Dorset, with more starting this week. Remember to wait until you are called - you do not need to get in touch with your doctor"
This plan should be welcomed by all of us with great hope, however we must continue to play our part at this crucial stage of the pandemic by following national lockdown rules and always practising Hands, Face, Space.
You can read more about the plan here