Millions of Brits may have to wait until next year to get the coronavirus vaccination, according to a new online tool.
Omni’s Vaccine Queue Calculator asks users to input their age and answer questions about their health.
It is based on the Government’s priority list, made up of nine groups including the elderly and those with underlying conditions.
According to the calculator, people in their mid-20s won’t be able to get a vaccine until 2022.
That statistic is based on the assumption that one million people will be vaccinated every week.
After entering an age of 25, a message on the site reads: “Based on your profile, there are between 28,049,905 and 38,844,493 people in front of you in the queue for a COVID vaccine across the UK.
“Given a vaccination rate of 1,000,000 a week and an uptake of 70.6%, you should expect to receive your two doses of vaccine and be fully protected by between 02/02/2022 and 03/07/2022.”
At the current rate of 250,000 vaccinations per week, it would take eight and a half years to cover the entire UK population.
However, the tool can be adjusted based on how quickly the jabs are deployed.
The programme is not affiliated with the NHS.
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The Government currently wants to vaccinate people in the four-highest priority groups by mid-February, equating to two million vaccinations a week.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson earlier said he expects "tens of millions" of doses to be delivered in the next three months.
But he told the BBC: "I wish I could give you here and now any sort of elaboration on the figures you have already heard about how we hope to get up to two million a week and so on. I can't give you that yet."
NHS sources have also warned the target may be ambitious.
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One told the Daily Telegraph: "We do have to manage expectations. You cannot just vaccinate two million people a week from nothing."
More than half a million doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine were made available for use yesterday.
Unlike the Pfizer jab, it does not need to be stored at ultra-low temperatures and can be kept at 2-8C.
Six hospital trusts in England have already begun vaccinating priority patients.
The other jabs wail be distributed across hundreds of GP-led services and care homes across the UK.
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