All adults to be offered vaccine by autumn, as government publish vaccination plan
2,700 vaccination sites will be set up across the country
The UK government has published its Covid-19 vaccine delivery plan, vowing that tens of millions will be immunised across the country by spring.
A 47-page document detailing the vaccine roll out was published on Monday by the Department of Health and Social Care, and explains that 2,700 vaccination sites are to be set up across the country in the near future.
By the end of the month, everyone in England is to be within 10 miles of one of the vaccination sites, with a small number of 'highly rural areas' having the vaccination brought to them by mobile teams.
The document says that 'at least' 2 million vaccinations are expected to be administered in England on a weekly basis by the end of January, with all staff in care homes offered the vaccination before the start of February.
The drastic expansion of the vaccination programme means all adults will be offered a vaccine by the autumn, the DHSC say.
80,000 health professionals are involved in the programme, with a further 200,000 members of the public expressing an interest in helping on a voluntary basis.
"It’s taken a tremendous amount of hard work and dedication to make such an incredible start to this ambitious deployment programme," said Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock.
"Our vaccine deployment plan sets out exactly how we will harness these efforts to expand the programme quickly and safely.
"Our UK Covid-19 vaccines delivery plan maps our route back to normality, but it does not mean we can be complacent and it is mission critical that everybody abides by the restrictions in the coming weeks.
"The next few months will present a significant opportunity to turn the tide of battle against COVID – I am looking forward to watching these plans bring more reassurance and hope back to people’s lives after a difficult year."