The government has reaffirmed its commitment to offer all care home staff and residents a vaccine by the end of January as part of plans to deliver the largest vaccination programme in UK history.
Under the UK COVID-19 Vaccines Delivery Plan published this afternoon, the government pledges to deliver two million vaccines per week in England by the end of January with staff and residents in 10,000 care homes being offered immunisation.
Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock said: “It’s taken a tremendous amount of hard work and dedication to make such an incredible start to this ambitious deployment programme. Our vaccine deployment plan sets out exactly how we will harness these efforts to expand the programme quickly and safely.
“Our UK COVID-19 vaccines delivery plan maps our route back to normality, but it does not mean we can be complacent and it is mission critical that everybody abides by the restrictions in the coming weeks.
“The next few months will present a significant opportunity to turn the tide of battle against COVID – I am looking forward to watching these plans bring more reassurance and hope back to people’s lives after a difficult year.”
Over two million people in the UK have now been vaccinated with the Pfizer/BioNTech and Oxford University/AstraZeneca vaccines since the vaccination programme began.
Minister for Covid-19 Vaccine Deployment Nadhim Zahawi said: “The UK Vaccines Delivery Plan is a culmination of all our hard work so far, and sets some very promising and challenging ambitions for the next few months.
“I have every faith the NHS will rise to the task and meet these ambitions, providing thousands of vulnerable and at risk individuals that crucial extra protection they need.”