Plans to put back lockdown easing by two weeks after cases surge

It has been reported that British people over 40 years of age could get their jabs in a few weeks.

The over-40’s could get vaccine jab within weeks: Government advisors have said that age will most likely be the factor in the next stage of the rollout. According to the Mail, 40-49 year-olds will be invited to get the vaccine after the first nine groups have completed their first dose. Head of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), Professor Wei Shen Lim, said “age will dominate”.

He added that underlying health conditions contribute “some increased risk” but not by a huge amount. Boris Johnson is understood to be expecting evidence on the impact of the UK’s jabs programme on hospital admissions and deaths by the end of today. Next week will see him set out the “roadmap” for bringing England out of the current lockdown.

Northern Ireland’s lockdown has been extended until 1st April, however some primary schools will return on the 8th March. In Wales, First Minister Mark Drakeford is set to announce on Friday that stay-at-home restrictions will remain in place for a further three weeks as the youngest children start returning to school from Monday.

Elsewhere, Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said she wants “if at all possible” for the current coronavirus lockdown to be the last, as she stressed that the lifting of restrictions must be sustainable.

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