All adults in the UK will receive a COVID-19 vaccination by the end of July, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has pledged.
New targets will see the Island’s Over 50s receive their first jab by 15th April – over 2 weeks earlier than planned – and all those 18+ receiving theirs by 31st July.
Should these targets be met, it would mean a massive lifting in restrictions prior to the summer holidays allowing the UK to enjoy a Great British Summer, with hopes of crowds flocking to the Isle of Wight which has throughout the pandemic been seen as safe haven.
The economic benefit to the Island would be huge, giving local businesses a much needed injection of cash.
It’s unknown at this time how the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation will prioritise the Under 50s, who would be vaccinated between 16th April and 31st July. That said, some parts of the country are ahead of schedule and may vaccinate younger individuals quicker. On the Island, it’s known that under 65s are already been vaccinated with 97% of Over 70s having already received their first dose.
Previously, Government set a target of offering vaccines to all adults by September, meaning the rollout is to be sped up by around 4 weeks.
Tomorrow, Boris will outline the roadmap out of lockdown to the nation at 19:00 and is likely to include further details on the vaccination programme.