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Covid vaccination target hit

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All adults over 50, the clinically vulnerable and health and social care workers have now been offered a life-saving Covid-19 jab, the Government has said.

The target was reached ahead of schedule, with the government having pledged to offer a first dose to priority cohorts 1-9 by 15 April.

Nearly 40 million vaccines have now been given in total, with adults under 50 expected to begin to be invited in the coming days.

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: “We have now passed another hugely significant milestone in our vaccine programme by offering jabs to everyone in the nine highest risk groups.

“That means more than 32 million people have been given the precious protection vaccines provide against Covid-19.

“I want to thank everyone involved in the vaccine rollout which has already saved many thousands of lives.

“We will now move forward with completing essential second doses and making progress towards our target of offering all adults a vaccine by the end of July.”

In Rotherham, vaccination teams are asking people in the high priority groups that have not yet received a first vaccination appointment, to get in touch.

A spokesperson for NHS Rotherham CCG, said “We have made fantastic progress in vaccinating Rotherham patients aged 50 and over, carers and those who are clinically extremely vulnerable and are on track to meet our target of offering a first dose of the vaccine to all those in the top 9 high priority groups by 15th April. However, we don’t want to miss anyone getting a vaccine within this group.”

More details can be found here.

NHS medical director Professor Stephen Powis, said: “Our fantastic staff, helped by local organisations and volunteers, have done everything in their power to jab millions of people at speed – an incredible achievement.

“As we start to see signs of normal life returning – seeing family or friends outdoors -protecting those most at risk is even more important.

“So, if you have not been jabbed and are eligible, please do book in – staff are working hard to protect as many as possible, as supply allows.”

Images: NHS / PHE

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Tom Austen
Tom grew up in Aston, Rotherham and studied Human Geography at Nottingham Trent University before developing a passion for promoting Rotherham and a nose for a good story.

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