Nadhim Zahawi, the vaccine minister, said the Luton pilots appeared to have been successful and it was now seen as “a tool in our arsenal”.
“Clinicians will make recommendations and we will adapt the vaccination schedule accordingly,” he told BBC Breakfast.
This is a rapid response team, with 100 nurses, public health advisers and environmental health workers, is deployed in Bolton to assist local authorities.
Surge tests will be launched shortly at Formby in Merseyside. It already takes place in parts of London as well as in Bolton, Birmingham and Worcestershire.
Mr Zahawi told Sky News Monday’s easements would go ahead “because vaccines are being issued and vaccines are keeping people from entering hospitals and not getting serious infections.”
But he noted that the situation was being watched closely, with Boris Johnson receiving daily updates on the evolution of the data, saying: “We are not ruling anything out, no matter what action we take regionally or nationally. ”