Coronavirus latest news: Ministers urge most vulnerable to get jab

Global Health Security TeamSat, 13 February 2021, 2:14 am

A woman receives the AstraZeneca vaccine at an NHS vaccination centre in Ealing - NEIL HALL/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock
A woman receives the AstraZeneca vaccine at an NHS vaccination centre in Ealing – NEIL HALL/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock

British ministers, health workers and volunteers will be part of a weekend drive to encourage those in the most vulnerable groups to receive a Covid-19 vaccination, as the government nears its first target of delivering shots to top priority groups.

Britain says it is on track to have offered an injection by Monday to everyone who is aged 70 and over, as well as those who are clinically vulnerable, frontline health and social care workers and older adults in care homes.

More than 14 million Britons have received the first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine so far, and uptake stands at around 90 per cent but the authorities hope to reach those who have yet to accept one.

Almost 30 government ministers will tour vaccination centres, from sports stadia to cathedrals, to spread the message of the importance of getting a shot.

“It is so important that everyone aged 70 and over who hasn’t yet had a vaccination comes forward this weekend and contacts the NHS (National Health Service) to book in their jab,” said health minister Matt Hancock.

In a video posted to Twitter, the Prime Minister urged the “few people, a million or more, who have not come forward to get your vaccinations in this group” to do so.