Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday postponed England’s full reopening of lockdown until July 19 due to an increase in cases, but also accelerated his vaccination plans, pledging to give every adult a first dose on the same date.
“Providing all adults with a vaccine within 200 days of the program’s launch is one of our country’s greatest collective achievements, saving over 14,000 lives to date,” he said, referring to Public Health England estimates on the impact of vaccine deployment.
Britain has given a first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine to more than 42 million people, almost 80% adults, while more than half have received both injections.
Health authorities in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland each conduct their own vaccination campaigns. Wales and Northern Ireland have already made vaccines available to any adult, while Scotland offers them to anyone over 30.
Pfizer, AstraZeneca and Moderna vaccines are being rolled out across the UK, although officials have said people under 40 should be offered an alternative to AstraZeneca’s vaccine after it is linked rare blood clots.