UK Expands Covid Vaccination Campaign To Cover People Over Age Of 70
Britain on Monday extended its coronavirus vaccination campaign to people over the age of 70, and new tougher restrictions for all arrivals to the country came into force.
Vaccines minister Nadhim Zahawi told Sky News jabs were being offered in areas where most over-80s had received their first of two doses of the jab.
The medical director for the state-run National Health Service (NHS) in England, Stephen Powis, explained the vaccination programme had been expanded to an additional five million people.
"We are now able to expand the vaccination programme beyond those top two priority groups -- that's the care home residents, care home staff, the hospital staff and the over-80s -- down to the over-70s," he said.
Britain has been rocked by the discovery of a new, more transmissible variant of coronavirus, causing a surge in positive cases and deaths.
More than 89,000 people have now died and nearly 3.4 million infected.
In the face of criticism over its slow reaction to the quickly changing pandemic, Prime Minister Boris Johnson's government has pinned its efforts on mass vaccination for a return to normality.