All over-50s in England to be offered vaccines before end of April - Matt Hancock
Matt Hancock said he expects the government to offer Covid-19 vaccines to all over-50s in England by the end of April.
The Health Secretary told Good Morning Britain he thinks all nine of the vulnerable categories outlined by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) will be offered a vaccine by the end of April and he's 'confident' the supplies are there.
The government hit its target of vaccinating the top four most-vulnerable categories by the middle of February with more than 15 million people in England receiving their first jab.
Now the vaccine programme is being rolled out to under-65s and younger people in at-risk groups.
"The next phase is we want to offer the jab to everybody in groups 1-9 by the end of April," Hancock said. "We've got the supplies, we think, to be able to do that and to start the second jabs which will start in earnest next month.
"We have to make sure we have the supplies for those because they are all booked in for a specific time. Despite offering the jabs to all these groups, we've got to keep driving the takeup upwards. We've got to reach all those people in care homes who haven't been jabbed yet."