Speaking at the press conference, UK Health Minister Matt Hancock said earlier the British Joint Commission on Immunization and Vaccines (JCVI) had proposed a COVID-19 vaccination based on age to save many lives. live as much as possible. This is the simplest and fastest way to get vaccinated. Mr. Hancock also affirmed: “Our moral obligation is to prioritize saving people and that is what we have done”.
So far, the UK has vaccinated 19 million people with COVID-19, of which 35% of the total adult group has received at least 1 dose and is scheduled to complete the program of vaccination for the entire population. end of next July.
According to JCVI’s announcement, the UK is aiming to give the first injection to all people over the age of 50 and vulnerable groups by mid-April 2021, and then shift priority to groups. over 40 and then 30 years old. Groups over 18 years old will be given the last shot. Professor Wei Shen Lim, a member of JCVI, said it would be quicker to move to a priority target group by age, rather than relying on occupational risk. “The age-based immunization program will be simple, and simplicity is the deciding factor in the speed and success of the vaccination program,” said Lim.
Even so, the decision is provoking controversy among the police force and teachers, who are supposed to be in priority because of the high risk of infection.