All UK adults will be offered their first COVID-19 vaccine by September, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab has said.
He said the current roadmap for all UK adults to have been offered their first COVID vaccine is September but it could be sooner than this.
Raab said: “Our target is that by September to have offered all the adult population a first dose, if we can do it faster than that great but that’s the roadmap.”
The Government’s COVID-19 vaccine delivery plan, which was published a week ago, said that it planned to offer all UK adults the jab “by the autumn”, so Raab’s goal of September provides a more specific target.
Raab also said that he hoped some restrictions can begin to be lifted by early spring.
“What we want to do is get out of these national lockdowns as soon as possible, the roadmap that I described is that by early spring, hopefully by March, we’ll be in a position to make those decisions,” Raab said.
He added: “We want to make sure that we can do it in a safe way but again, we’ve got to, at this point in time, really focus on protecting the NHS and rolling out the vaccine.
“If we do those two things, we get into a much better place by early spring.”