Boris Johnson fails to rule out returning to local lockdowns
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Addressing the weekly Cabinet meeting in Downing Street yesterday, the Prime Minister was hopeful the axing of many restrictions will go ahead as scheduled on June 21 as long as people “continue to play their part to stop the spread”. Last night, the NHS confirmed that more than a million first-jab invitations will be sent to people aged 30 and 31 over the next few days, clearing the way for mass vaccination of the under-30s to begin as soon as next week.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock said: “Our vaccination programme is moving at such a phenomenal pace and I am delighted that less than six months after Margaret Keenan received the first authorised jab in the world, we are now able to open the offer to everyone in their thirties and over.
“The vaccine is our way out of this pandemic and recent data has shown the life-saving protection a second dose of the jab can give.
“I urge everyone to come forward when you get the offer and play a part in getting us back to normality.” Mr Hancock told the Cabinet that scientific data showed the vaccines were “highly effective” against the variant first identified in India.
He said the Government was “keeping a careful eye” on local outbreaks and data around transmissibility and hospitalisations before taking further decisions about easing lockdown measures. Vaccines Minister Nadhim Zahawi said a full announcement about details of the final step out of lockdown will be announced on June 14.
He added: “I am cautiously optimistic we’re in a good place.”
NHS figures show more than 32 million first Covid jabs while over 19 million people have had both.
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