Every adult will have been offered the coronavirus vaccine by autumn, Health Secretary Matt Hancock has said.
The cabinet minister made the announcement as he told Sky News more than 200,000 people are currently getting a COVID-19 jab every day and the government is on course to reach its target of two million vaccinations a week.
But speaking on Sophy Ridge On Sunday, the health secretary said the current pressure on the NHS was “very bad” and repeated the need for people to follow lockdown rules and stay at home, warning “we can’t let up” just because coronavirus injections are being rolled out.
“We’ve got over 350 million doses on order,” he said, “they’re not all here yet, and we’re rolling them out as fast as they get delivered.”
“We’ve now vaccinated around one third of the over-80s in this country so we’re making significant progress but there’s still further expansion to go.
“This week we’re opening mass vaccination centres. Big sites for instance at Epsom racecourse, there’s seven going live this week with more to come next week where we will get through very large numbers of people.”