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Nine areas where all over-50s ‘to get first Covid vaccine by March 7’

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Feb 22, 2021

It will be a month ahead of schedule after Matt Hancock said all over-50s will be vaccinated by April (Picture: AFP / Getty Images / Metro.co.uk)

Nine areas across the UK are ahead of schedule and are likely to have given all their over-50s the first dose of a coronavirus vaccine by March 7.

New figures show the roll-out of the mass vaccination programme in the West of England is especially successful, with Gloucestershire, Bristol, Devon, North Somerset and Cornwall all on course to do this.

Suffolk, Staffordshire, Leicestershire and West Yorkshire are also set to reach the same target.

It comes after Matt Hancock said the Government aims to give all over-50s in the country their first jab by April 15 – meaning the areas above are a month ahead of this objective.

The health secretary also said every adult in the UK will have been offered a first dose by July, which is two months earlier than planned.

He further confirmed one in three adults have now been offered the vaccine.

The Government previously said it hoped to reach all those aged 18 and over by the autumn – but it appears the programme has accelerated faster than expected.

Analysis from The Telegraph has identified further NHS trusts which are set to be giving out doses in early March.

A map showing when all over-50s are expected to have been offered a first dose of the coronavirus vaccine (Picture: Metro.co.uk)
The number of daily vaccinations administered across the UK up to February 21 (Picture: Metro.co.uk)

Cambridgeshire, West Birmingham, Derbyshire and Essex are expected to have their first round of doses for over-50s completed by March 21, while East London may reach the target by the first week of April.

 It comes as Boris Johnson is set to outline his ‘roadmap’ towards the lifting of lockdown in England later today.

The prime minister said: ‘Our decisions will be made on the latest data at every step.

‘We will be cautious about this approach so that we do not undo the progress we have achieved so far and the sacrifices each and every one of you has made to keep yourself and others safe.

‘We have therefore set four key tests which must be met before we can move through each step of the plan.

‘I’ll be setting out a roadmap to bring us out of lockdown cautiously.’

From March 8 schools are set to return, with outdoor after-school sports and activities allowed to restart, and people will be allowed to socialise outdoors with another person rather than just exercise.

The national stay-at-home order will be scrapped as the ‘rule of six’ returns in late March, and restaurants and pubs are expected to be able to serve customers outdoors from around April 12 to 19.

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