The British government has embarked on what can be described as the biggest vaccination programme in British history with its impressive Covid-19 vaccination rollout. Recall that Prime Minister, Boris Johnson had pledged to vaccinate everyone in the top four risk categories by mid-February which includes:
- Care home residents and workers
- People aged 80+ and frontline health and social care workers
- All those 75 years of age and over
- All those 70 years of age and over and clinically extremely vulnerable individuals (not including pregnant women and those under 16 years of age)
Which according to the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunization, amount to around 15 million people. So far, 4,973,248 people have received their first injection leaving about some 10 million more people waiting to get the jab in the coming weeks if the government is to meet its mid-February target.
In order to reach that target number, the government on 11 January doubled-down on its pledge to vaccinate 2 million people per week. It says this will be made possible by “the rapid expansion of the programme” to include 206 hospital sites where people can get the jab, 50 national vaccination centres and around 1,200 local facilities.