‘Majority’ of vulnerable to be vaccinated by end of February, says No 10

The “majority” of vulnerable people in the UK will be vaccinated throughout January and February, the government has said, as authorities prepare to rollout the first available doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech jab.

Around 25 million people are covered by the 10 priority categories set out by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI).

Under this guidance, the first vaccine supplies will be sent to care home staff and residents, NHS frontline workers and people aged 80 and over – around six million people.

The rest of the priority list is made up of those aged between 50 and 80, extremely vulnerable individuals and all people aged 16 to 64 with underlying health conditions which put them at higher risk of mortality.

If sufficient vaccination can be achieved across these groups, 99 per cent of Covid-19 deaths will be prevented, according to JCVI.

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