Boris Johnson confirms 15 million vaccines have been given
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Boris Johnson is due to address the British public on Monday, February 15, where he will report on the progress of the UK’s vaccination programme. The vaccine rollout is now being extended to more priority groups with all those aged 65 and over and anyone deemed clinically vulnerable aged 16 to 64 being invited to take the vaccine now. But what time will Mr Johnson speak today?
The UK confirmed 15 million people had received their first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine on Sunday.
Speaking of the news, Mr Johnson hailed it as an “extraordinary feat”.
Mr Johnson said: “Over two months this country has achieved an extraordinary feat, administering a total of 15 million jabs into the arms of the most vulnerable people in the country.”
He added: “It has been a truly national, UK-wide effort. We have done it together.”
What time is Boris Johnson speaking today?
Mr Johnson will hold a Downing Street coronavirus press briefing on Monday.
He is expected to address the nation from Downing Street at 5pm tonight.
The PM is likely to be flanked by other experts, but it has not yet been revealed who will be by his side.
What is Boris Johnson expected to say in his speech today?
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British and Irish citizens and UK residents who arrive in England from one of 33 high-risk Covid countries now have to quarantine in hotels.
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Mr Johnson is expected to discuss the next stage of the vaccine rollout, which will cover the five priority groups including those aged 50 and over.
This would see a further 18 million people receive the first dose of the vaccine by the end of April.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock said the Government hopes to vaccinate the next priority groups now.
He told Sky News: “There is no rest for the wicked and we are straight on to the next groups, so the letters have already been sent to over a million over 65-year-olds asking them to come forward, and also the next group after that is those who have underlying health conditions and are carers.
“There is a huge programme underway rolling out to invite the next group of people to be vaccinated and, at the same time, from next month we have the second jabs of all the people who have come since January to make sure they happen on time, because they have to be within a specific 12-week time period.
“So there is still a huge amount of work to do but we have managed to vaccinate those who are most vulnerable.”
He added he wanted to start delivering the second dose of the vaccine “in earnest” from next month.
Speaking on Sunday, Mr Johnson shared his delight at the news of reaching the Government’s 15m target.
He said: “No open is resting on their laurels.
“In fact, the first million or so letters offering appointments to the over 65s are already landing on doorsteps.
“We’ve still got a long way to go and there will undoubtedly be bumps in the road.
“But after all we’ve achieved, I know we can go forward with great confidence.”
Mr Johnson may also mention his roadmap for the easing of lockdown restrictions.
He will set out his roadmap out of lockdown on February 22.
Speaking over the weekend, Mr Johnson said he is “optimistic” he will be able to set out plans later this month for a “cautious” easing of England’s lockdown.
He hinted lockdown easing would begin with schools reopening before non-essential shops would reopen.
The hospitality industry would then open after this.
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