UK Covid-19 vaccinations: Latest figures
People aged over 45 within the UK can now e-book an appointment to get their coronavirus vaccine.
It comes as the federal government confirmed it reached its goal of providing all over-50s and people who find themselves extraordinarily clinically weak a jab, two days forward of schedule.
England may also begin rolling out the Moderna Covid-19 vaccine – the third vaccine within the UK’s armoury to combat the virus – to NHS sufferers from Tuesday.
The jab has already been rolled out in Wales and Scotland, and is anticipated to be delivered to Northern Ireland within the coming weeks.
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Don’t assume UK is on ‘one-way observe to being incredible’, says NHS chief
Chris Hopson, chief govt of NHS Providers, mentioned that, regardless of the success of the UK vaccine rollout, individuals shouldn’t assume the nation is on a “one-way, inexorable, inevitable observe to all of it being incredible”.
“I do know I would sound a bit like a prophet of doom the day after we’ve began enabling individuals to return to the pub backyard, however the actuality is there are … actually good the reason why we’d like to be cautious right here,” he advised Sky News.
“We want to be actually cautious about assuming we’re on a one-way, inexorable, inevitable observe to all of it being incredible and we will return to regular, as a result of truly we’ll want a brand new regular.”
He added: “We want everybody to put their very own private pedal to the steel and guarantee they comply with the principles.”
Kate Ng13 April 2021 09:00
NHS web site crashes as over-45 rush to e-book Covid vaccine appointments
The NHS web site for reserving vaccination appointments crashed on Tuesday morning after these aged 45 had been allowed to obtain the jab.
My colleague Ella Glover has the breaking news:
Kate Ng13 April 2021 08:47
Largest surge take a look at launched in south London over ‘vital’ cluster of South African variant instances
Health officers have launched the “largest surge testing operation to date” in south London after the invention of a “vital” cluster of the South African Covid-19 variant.
At least 74 instances of the mutation have been recognized in Wandsworth and Lambeth, the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) mentioned.
Alastair Jamieson reviews:
Kate Ng13 April 2021 08:45
People should view lockdown easing ‘in relative phrases’
Asked about using beer gardens, which was allowed once more in England from Monday, Professor Adam Finn mentioned individuals ought to view the easing of Covid restrictions “in relative phrases”.
“If I did (go to a beer backyard) I will surely keep away from contact with different individuals,” the member of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation advised BBC Breakfast.
“I feel the dangers of transmissions exterior are comparatively low however not when you begin coming into shut contact with individuals… when you cough or sing or actually principally confront somebody within the face.
“If you occur to have the virus, and the virus remains to be circulating, then infections will happen.
“People want to see this in relative phrases. It’s not prefer it’s over and we will all return to regular, as a result of in any other case there might be dangers.”
Kate Ng13 April 2021 08:30
US might not use AstraZeneca vaccine, says Anthony Fauci
Speaking on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, the highest US infectious illness knowledgeable Dr Anthony Fauci described the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine as a “good vaccine”, however recommended the US might not want to use the jab.
“I feel that the AstraZeneca vaccine from a standpoint of efficacy is an efficient vaccine and if the protection situation will get straightened out within the EU, which I perceive remains to be a little bit of controversy on how to use it, when to use it, and what age group.
“If that will get straightened out, the efficacy of that vaccine is basically fairly good. The method the United States has made contractual relationships with quite a few international locations, we clearly sufficient vaccine, or will get sufficient vaccine, that doesn’t embrace AstraZeneca that might be sufficient quantitatively to vaccinate all people within the United States.
“Whether or not we ever use AZ is unclear, however it seems proper now at this time limit that we are going to not want it. It’s not a detrimental indictment of AZ, it’s simply doable given the availability we’ve from different firms that we might not want to use an AZ vaccine.”
Describing the state of affairs within the US, he mentioned there have been “alarming will increase” in instances in quite a few states, including: “Some of the governors and mayors and others are pulling again on the mandates for masks, on permitting eating places and bars to be open, which is a very dangerous state of affairs”.
He mentioned the vaccination effort would “blunt an actual explosion of a surge however it could not blunt a reasonable enhance which we don’t need to see — this isn’t the time to prematurely declare victory as a result of we’ve such a profitable rollout of vaccines”.
Kate Ng13 April 2021 08:15
Over-45s can now e-book Covid jab
People over the age of 45 can now e-book an appointment to get their coronavirus vaccine.
Over-45s can go to the NHS web site – which till a couple of minutes in the past mentioned the appointments had been open to over-50s – to e-book a vaccination.
NHS invitations over-45s to e-book Covid vaccine appointments
The NHS has began the method of inviting individuals above the age of 45 to e-book appointments for the primary Covid-19 jab. It comes after Boris Johnson hailed passing a “vital milestone” within the battle towards Covid-19 after the UK hit its goal of providing all adults over 50 a primary vaccine does forward of schedule.
Kate Ng13 April 2021 08:07
‘Halfway up the hill’ in vaccination programme, says knowledgeable
Adam Finn, professor of paediatrics on the University of Bristol and a member of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation, mentioned that “we’re half method up the hill” after the news that the federal government has met its goal of providing a jab to all these at highest threat of Covid-19.
“I feel it’s an enormously vital milestone as a result of this actually represents the fruits of section one, which was actually aimed toward making an attempt to rescue the NHS from the big surge of instances that we had at first of the yr,” he advised Sky News.
“Of course the lockdown has contributed very considerably to that success as nicely.
“We’re half method up the hill when you like, we will look again and be happy with what we’ve achieved, however we’d like to look ahead to get to the summit, and actually end this off.”
He added: “We’ve definitely acquired an vital job to do to talk the significance of the vaccination programme to youthful individuals – they maybe have much less worry of this illness than older individuals fairly understandably have had, however nonetheless I feel individuals might be helped to perceive that the last word exit from this disaster entails increase immunity within the inhabitants.
“We want to get to a degree the place so many individuals are immune to it that the virus is left with nowhere to go and that signifies that youthful individuals do want to come ahead in giant numbers, as older individuals have executed, so as to obtain that aim.”
Kate Ng13 April 2021 08:05
Johnson hails ‘vital milestone’ as all over-50s provided Covid vaccine
Boris Johnson has hailed passing a “vital milestone” within the battle towards Covid-19 after the UK hit its goal of providing all adults over 50 a primary vaccine dose forward of schedule.
All these classed as clinically weak in addition to well being and social care staff have now been provided a life-saving injection – two days earlier than the federal government’s preliminary goal of 15 April.
Find out extra from my colleague Matt Mathers:
Kate Ng13 April 2021 07:57
Crowds of drinkers in London’s Soho have fun pubs reopening ‘like VE Day’
London’s Soho was busier than ever on Monday evening — though a few of these having fun with the reopening of pubs admitted there was “little or no” social distancing being adhered to.
Police patrolled central London as crowds flocked to Old Compton Street, signalling the tip of sure lockdown restrictions and the reopening of pubs and bars’ outside areas throughout England.
My colleague Sam Hancock reviews:
Kate Ng13 April 2021 07:53
England begins rollout of Moderna vaccine
NHS sufferers in England are to obtain the Moderna Covid-19 vaccine from Tuesday, officers have confirmed.
It is the third vaccine to be added to the NHS “armoury”, alongside the Covid-19 vaccines from Oxford/AstraZeneca and Pfizer.
The Vaccines Taskforce has secured 17 million doses of the Moderna vaccine for the UK.
The jab has already been rolled out in Wales and Scotland, and the vaccine is anticipated to be delivered to individuals in Northern Ireland within the coming weeks.
Kate Ng13 April 2021 07:51