Scientists are hopeful that a booster vaccine given to people after they have had their second jab will eradicate the virus entirely by Christmas.
All adult aged over 50 will be offered the booster vaccine this autumn and trials are underway for the booster jab which is being overseen by the chief medical officer, Chris Whitty.
It is thought that the booster vaccine will be offered at the same time as adults get their flu jab.
The Times reported that there are two approaches being explored to find the most effective way to immunise the most vulnerable.
A senior government minister told The Times, “We will have a lot to say about the booster programme soon. It’s looking really positive so far.
“We think that the level of protection in the population to any variant will be so high that by Christmas, Covid-19 should have just faded away into the background like any other illness in circulation.
“So much so that we don’t think there will be any need to give a booster shot to younger people because transmission will have got so low.”