Covid vaccine sites are bracing for a slew of new patients as health officials push to get everyone over the age of 50 vaccinated in order to combat the current outbreak.
The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunization (JCVI) said yesterday that ‘every attempt is required to facilitate vaccine uptake’ in people in the top nine priority groups who have yet to receive their first vaccination, despite being asked to do so a month ago.
Second doses will be accelerated from 12 to eight weeks for over-50s, health and social care workers, and the clinically vulnerable ‘where supply allows.’
To speed up second doses, another 10 million doses would have to be given out to people over the age of 50 in the coming weeks.
The JCVI insists that in addition to the new initiatives to make sure that everyone over the age of 50 is vaccinated, the general vaccination campaign “should continue to be rolled out as quickly as possible.”
The Department of Health and NHS England have both stated that they are confident that by the end of July, every adult will have received their first vaccination.
Ministers are optimistic that the rollout will keep going at the same pace because most people in their 50s and 60s who are waiting for second doses will receive an AstraZeneca vaccine, while those under 40 will receive Moderna or Pfizer vaccines.
While supply may not be a problem, vaccine places will need to be at maximum capacity in order to deliver the intended jabs to over-40s while also increasing second jabs to over-50s.
Vaccine websites were filled with people trying to book appointments last night, and Britons trying to book an appointment for their jab were met with a message stating that they were on a waiting list.