WITH rates of coronavirus declining, Matt Hancock will today set out the next priority group for their protective jabs.
His press conference follows new research showing that people of all ages who have had two doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech coronavirus vaccine produce high numbers of antibodies.
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Matt Hancock has decided who gets covid jabs after the over-50sCredit: AP:Associated Press
What time is Matt Hancock’s announcement?
Health Secretary Matt Hancock will lead a press conference from 5pm today, Friday, February 26, Downing Street has confirmed.
He will be joined by England’s deputy chief medical officer Jonathan Van-Tam and Dr Susan Hopkins, senior medical adviser at Public Health England.
What is the Health Secretary going to say?
Matt Hancock will confirm the next Covid vaccine priority groups.
He’ll use his regular Downing Street briefing to tell the public who gets the jabs after the over-50s.
Britain is currently on target to give all Brits in that age group at least one dose of the vaccine by April 15.
Those aged between 40 and 49 will be next in line for the jab.
They’ll be followed by the 30-39s age group and then all those aged between 18 and 29, the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) announced this morning.
The Queen wants fellow Brits to also be protected against the coronavirus
But this decision is controversial, as it flies in the face of calls for professions such as police officers and teachers to be given the Covid vaccine jab straight after the over-50s.
However, scientific advisers confirmed today that the next phase of Britain’s Covid vaccine rollout will continue to be prioritised by age.
Mr Hancock might also comment on the Monarch receiving her jab.
The Queen urged Brits to get their vaccines too, and declared: “It didn’t hurt at all.”
The 94-year-old royal, given her injection seven weeks ago and wearing a brooch in tribute to ill husband Philip, told a video call that Covid was a “plague”.
The Queen has joined the growing list of Brits to have had the Covid jabCredit: AFP or licensors