Prime Minister Boris Johnson has given hope to millions of Brits as he has revealed that if all goes to plan, all members of the top nine priority groups for the Covid-19 vaccination will have had their jabs by end of April.
The Prime Minister confirmed in his most recent briefing to the nation that everyone who falls within the requirements of the top nine groups, including everyone aged 50 and over as well as the most at risk members of society, such as those with underlying health conditions, who are above the age of 16.
Addressing both the public and the press, Mr Johnson said: "If we can keep this pace up – and if we can keep supply steady – and I hope and believe we can – then we hope to offer a vaccination to everyone in the first nine priority groups – including everyone over 50 – by the end of April.
"And at the same time we will be giving second doses to millions of the most vulnerable within twelve weeks of the first."
There has been much speculation over when current lockdown rules will be lifted, with the UK still confined to their own houses with mixing strictly forbidden.
When asked about the potential relaxation of restrictions, Johnson said: "We must be both optimistic but also patient. Next week I'll be setting out a roadmap saying as much as we possibly can.
"We want this lockdown to be the last. We want progress to be cautious but also irreversible."
It has been commonplace for the Prime Minister to use these briefings as a chance to thank the nation for their continued efforts as the UK aims to turn the tide on the virus that has already caused so much damage, he continued this praising all who have come forward to receive their COVID-19 vaccine.
He stated: "Today the national vaccination programme continues to power past the target we set six weeks ago with more than 15 million people vaccinated across the UK.
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"And once again I pay tribute to the astonishing efforts of everyone involved – the GPs, the nurses, the volunteers, the army and the pharmacists like Hardik Desai – who rallied local volunteers to vaccinate 3,000 people in his village hall in Ticehurst in Sussex, while keeping his pharmacy open – and of course I thank all of you who have come forward to be vaccinated.
"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."
As things stand, more than 15 million people across the UK have received the first dosage of their coronavirus vaccine, while a further 540,000 have had both jabs.
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