Every adult will be “offered” a coronavirus vaccine by autumn, the UK Health Secretary has promised.
Matt Hancock was asked about the roll out on the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show this morning.
He said: “Every adult will be offered a vaccine by the autumn, absolutely.
“Of course you’ve got to do it according to need, because someone in a care home is many, many times more likely to die if they catch coronavirus than someone like me in my 40s.
“But absolutely we’re going to offer the vaccine to everybody.”
The Health Secretary said more than 200,000 vaccines a day are being administered across the UK, and is on course to deliver 2 million vaccines a week.
He said: “The good news is that over the last week we’ve vaccinated more people than in the whole of December.”
He accepted that to be effective, vaccines would have to be given to people in their 40s and 50s as well as the highest priority patients.
Asked if the UK would be able to vaccinate everybody by the autumn, Mr Hancock said: “Yes.”
“We’ve got over 350 million doses on order, they’re not all here yet and we’re rolling them out as fast as they get delivered.
“But we’re going to have enough to offer everyone over the age of 18 one by the autumn.”