OVER-65s will start getting letters inviting them for their Covid jabs from Monday as the UK’s vaccine blitz races ahead.
More than 13.5 million Brits– one in 5– have been immunized versus the infection.
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Britain is on course to hit its extremely enthusiastic target of providing the jab to 15 million susceptible people by mid-February.
Nearly 450,000 were jabbed yesterday as it emerged deaths have actually dropped by a quarter in a week and cases by 34 per cent.
The PM has pledged to share his plan for leaving lockdown on February 22.
Last night Rob Halfon, Tory chairman of the Education Select Committee, stated: “We require to make certain March 8 is checked in blood, not just a line in the sand.”
And the Covid Recovery Group of 70 Tory backbenchers warned they would not tolerate anymore hold-up.
The group’s boss Mark Harper said: “It’s crucial we do not backslide on this, not least since the Government has stated it wishes to provide schools 2 weeks’ notification prior to they open.
” And, as the PM stated, it is the ‘settled will’ of the majority of MPs that students need to be back in school on March 8.” Tory MP Peter Bone said: “With numerous individuals vaccinated, it would be ridiculous to continue with the lockdown. We need to get our kids back to school.”
Some 13.5 million Brits have now been immunized against Covid and the nation is on course to hit its mighty target of using 15 million jabs to vulnerable people by mid-February. Some 450,000 were immunized yesterday.
Mr Johnson rushed to relax jitters after two Sage scientists broke cover to release dismal cautions against raising the lockdown.
Sir Jeremy Farrar said Covid infections must be cut from the existing 750,000 to just 9,000 “before we can think about lifting limitations”. While Prof John Edmunds said opening schools might press the important R rate above 1, which some restrictions will be needed until Christmas.
Downing Street sources hit back firmly insisting the PM is still 100 percent dedicated to the March 8 target. A Whitehall expert informed: “Nothing in the PM’s objective has changed. We will be studying the information next week and fingers crossed it will permit us to proceed as the PM has set out.”
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He stated: “I fear senior scientists are failing to recognise their power to spread out anguish and despondency.”
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