Thursday, 25 February, 2021

Beneficiaries to get 2nd dose from today

A nurse loads syringes with the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine in Bloomfield Connecticut on February 12 Top News Greater than 50 million vaccine doses administered within the US in accordance with CDC By amit
Deanna Wagner | 15 February, 2021, 06:52

Britain prepared Sunday for the next phase of its coronavirus vaccination programme after meeting the government's target of inoculating 15 million of the most vulnerable people with a first dose.

"Today we crossed an important threshold in the UK's national vaccination program", Johnson said on Twitter.

In a memo dated Sunday to medical officers of health and hospital CEOs, retired Gen. Rick Hillier, chair of the province's COVID-19 vaccine distribution task force, said the government has drawn up a list of "next priority" groups to provide direction for its vaccination program over the coming weeks.

"These vaccines are safe, they're effective against Covid, they'll protect you, they'll protect your loved ones, and of course they'll help get society back to normal again", he said.

About 922,234 people in Canada have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, approximately 2.43 per cent of the country's population.

"The solutions to the challenges we face ... lie in the discussions we have with our friends and partners around the world", Johnson said in a statement released late Saturday.

In Northern Ireland, the Department of Health is offering everyone over 65 a vaccine by the end of February as it works its way through priority groups four and five, although it is expected to help the United Kingdom meet its overall target.

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Last month the programme expanded rapidly to include larger vaccination centres, smaller GP-run centres, as well as some pharmacies and hospitals.

The UK is on track to offer the jab to all of the most vulnerable people by Monday, ministers have said.

"The vaccines are already available.... and they will not stop arriving so that the national vaccination plan does not stop", President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said at the news conference in the southwestern state of Oaxaca. "That's where we need to get Covid to over the months to come".

And Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said it was "on track" to meet the "important milestone" and officials could now focus on vaccinating all over-50s by May and all adults by September.

"The vaccine gives us immunity from Covid, but it must also give us permanent immunity from Covid-related lockdowns and restrictions", they wrote.

"As we widen the net on vaccine eligibility, it's also vital that the Government is clear in its messaging to the public, which must be culturally competent so that we maximise uptake in areas of deprivation and in black and minority ethnic populations".

"All restrictions remaining after March 8 should be proportionate to the ever-increasing number of people we have protected".