Last reviewed 8 January 2021

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said that the Government, the NHS, the Armed Forces and local and regional authorities are coming together in a national vaccine effort.

The aim is to reach the target that he set out previously of offering a slot for vaccination by 15 February for everyone in the key groups identified by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation:

  • residents in care homes for older adults and their carers

  • 80-year-olds and over and frontline health and social care workers

  • 75-year-olds and over

  • 70-year-olds and over and clinically extremely vulnerable individuals.

To achieve this challenging target, Mr Johnson said that by 15 January there will be over 1000 GP-led sites providing vaccines, 223 hospital sites, seven giant vaccination centres and a first wave of 200 community pharmacies.

“If all goes well, these together should have the capacity to deliver hundreds of thousands of vaccines per day,” he said, “and it is our plan that everyone should have a vaccination available within a radius of 10 miles.”

In addition, the Prime Minister Boris said, the army will be using battle preparation techniques to help to keep up the pace of vaccination.

As of 7 January, 1.26 million people have been vaccinated in England, 113,000 in Scotland, 49,000 in Wales and 46,000 in Northern Ireland.

Thanks to the arrival of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine, which can be stored at room temperature, the pace of vaccination in care homes can be accelerated so that, by the end of the month, it is hoped that every elderly care home resident will have been offered a vaccine.