‘Time to accelerate’ Boris triggers firing gun on new vaccine goal as daily jabs to DOUBLE

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The Prime Minister hailed the achievement of the NHS in immunising the 15 million most vulnerable to Covid at a Downing Street press conference tonight.

However, he said there was “no time to relax” as he fired the starting gun on vaccinating all over-50s and those clinically vulnerable by the end of April.

Millions of over-65-year-olds have received letters inviting them to book an appointment to get a jab along with those aged 16-64 with underlying conditions, and adult carers.

“We have to keep our foot to the floor,” Mr Johnson said tonight.

“This is an unprecedented national achievement but it’s no moment to relax and in fact it’s the moment to accelerate because the threat from this virus remains very real.

“Yes, it’s true, we have vaccinated more than 90 percent of those aged over 70 but don’t forget that 60 percent of hospital patients with Covid are under 70.”

Once all those in the first phase of vaccinations have been immunised, coronavirus deaths are expected to drop by as much as 99 percent.

NHS England Chief Executive Sir Simon Stevens said the UK could double the number of vaccinations it conducts in the coming weeks in order to hit the target.

He said: “In this next phase, this second sprint, we’re going to be vaccinating a larger number of people than in the first sprint.

“Overall, although supply will vary week to week and we’ll have to adjust accordingly, we may be giving up to twice as many vaccinations overall – given we’ve got to be doing second doses as well – than we’ve done in the first sprint.”

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