Broadland MP Jerome Mayhew has welcomed a stepping up in the vaccination programme, with over five million doses already administered over the past few weeks.
76,234 doses have so far been administered in Norfolk & Waveney, with nearly 380,000 people in the East of England already vaccinated. This includes over half of care home residents and those aged over 80.
The United Kingdom is leading the way with its vaccination programme. With 5m doses so far administered to 4.6m people – a figure that is rising all the time – the UK has the fourth highest rate of vaccinations per capita, behind only Bahrain, Israel, and the United Arab Emirates. Only two countries have administered more doses than the UK in total: China and the USA.
Through its Vaccine Delivery Plan, the government aims to ensure a further 2m doses are administered by the end of January. The aim is for every over 80 and care home resident to be vaccinated by the end of the month.
New vaccination centres and sites are opening every day, to ensure everyone will be within ten miles of a vaccination centre. 65 pharmacies are joining the programme this week and next, with more to come.
- By the end of January, everyone in England will be within ten miles of a vaccination site or, for a small number of highly rural areas, the vaccine will be brought to them via mobile teams.
- By the end of January, all residents and staff in over 10,000 care homes across the country will be offered a vaccine.
- This will be made possible by the rapid expansion of sites: 206 active hospital sites, 50 vaccination centres, around 1,200 local vaccination sites – including primary care networks, community pharmacy sites, and mobile teams.
- Over 80,000 healthcare professionals are engaged in the delivery of the programme, with over 200,000 members of the public offering their help with the non-clinical aspects of the rollout.