UK : Adults over 25 to be called for Covid19 vaccination
The expansion of the vaccine drive coincided with the UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock’s statement to the House of Commons, where the minister revealed that vaccines have averted an estimated 39,000 hospitalisations and more than 13,000 deaths in the country. The UK’s health service on Monday declared it had hit a new “exciting milestone” in its Covid-19 vaccination programme as it confirmed that all adults aged 25 and over will be offered their first dose of a vaccine from Tuesday.
Every day brings with it another exciting milestone in our vaccination programme – the largest and most successful in NHS history,” said Hancock. “The vaccine is saving lives and preventing hospitalisations. Two weeks after we extended the invite to all over 30s, we are now extending the offer to everyone aged 25 and over,” he said.
Hancock warned that the Delta variant of the coronavirus first identified in India now makes up “the vast majority of new infections”. He said that the Delta variant has a 40 per cent more transmission rate than the previously dominant Alpha variant. Hancock added that “It is too early to make decisions on step four”. He said that the road map will be decided based on data. Hancock also informed Parliament that he has asked the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) to provide clinical advice on the vaccination of 12 years to 17-year-olds.