The next phase of the UK’s coronavirus vaccine programme was confirmed on Friday (February 26).
Age groups will continue to be prioritised ahead of occupations, meaning teachers and police officers won’t be able to jump the queue, with scientific advisors saying “a mass vaccination strategy centred specifically on occupational groups would be more complex to deliver”.
The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) said: “There is good evidence that the risks of hospitalisation and critical care admission from Covid-19 increase with age…,” and added, “Mathematical modelling of vaccination strategies for phase 2 indicate that rapid vaccine deployment is the most important means to maximise public health benefits against severe outcomes from Covid-19.”
Phase one of the rollout focused on reducing mortality from Covid-19, with residents in care homes and those aged 80 and over being prioritised first. The spotlight was shone on Slough by health secretary Matt Hancock in January when he praised the town for vaccinating all of its care home residents.
People aged between 40 and 49 will be next in line for the jab, followed by the 30 to 39s age group and then all those 18 to 29.
They will get the jab once all of those in phase 1 have received their vaccination.
The JCVI said “an age-based delivery model will facilitate rapid vaccine deployment”.
Priority will be given in the following order:
- All those aged 40-49
- All those aged 30-39
- All those aged 18-29
When will I get the jab?
BerkshireLive’s vaccine calculator, below, shows the approximate date you can expect to receive your offer of the first dose of coronavirus vaccine.
The priority list for the first phase is as follows.
- Residents in a care home for older adults and their carers
- All those 80 years of age and over and frontline health and social care workers
- All those 75 years of age and over
- All those 70 years of age and over and clinically extremely vulnerable individuals
- All those 65 years of age and over
- All individuals aged 16 to 64 years with underlying health conditions which put them at higher risk of serious disease and mortality
- All those 60 years of age and over
- All those 55 years of age and over
- All those 50 years of age and over