The Prime Minister, Boris Johnson has warned the country is “not out of the woods yet,” and adults aged over 42 in England are being urged to get their Covid jab.
During a Cabinet meeting in Downing Street Johnson raised concerns over the new variants, but told Ministers that road hold ahead “looks positive.”
A No 10 statement said, “Cabinet concluded with an update on the pandemic.
“The PM reiterated that the data continues to look good but warned that we are not out of the woods yet as variants of concern continue to pose a threat.
“The PM said that while the road ahead looks positive, there will still be challenges and this government will continue to take tough decisions where necessary to protect both lives and livelihoods.”
New figures show that Covid deaths in England and Wales have plummetted by 97% since the peak of the second wave.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock wrote on Twitter, “I’m really looking forward to getting my text. Yesterday we opened up to people aged 44, that’s gone very, very well, thank you to the hundreds of thousands who’ve come forward and booked your appointment and now we’re able to go that little bit further.”
Professor Stephen Powis, medical director for the NHS in England said, “Just two weeks after rolling out the vaccine to those aged 45 and over, we are now ready to invite those aged 42 and 43, as the largest vaccination programme in NHS history continues at speed.
“The rapid rollout of the NHS vaccination programme, the swiftest in Europe, hasn’t happened by accident, it is down to months of careful planning and sheer hard work by nurses, doctors and countless other staff supported by our volunteers.
“If you receive a text inviting you to book in for your jab, please follow the instructions provided, it is simple, effective and provides vital protection against the coronavirus.”