Boris Johnson has pledged that every adult in the UK should be offered a COVID-19 vaccine by the end of July.
The accelerated vaccine rollout would help protect the most vulnerable sooner and also enable the easing of some lockdown restrictions, the prime minister said.
People aged 50 and over and those with underlying health conditions will be offered a jab by 15 April.
And by 31 July, all adults should have been offered a COVID-19 vaccine, though the order of priority for those aged under 50 has yet to be outlined by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI).
Government ministers had set a target to offer vaccines to all adults by September, with an aim to reach all those aged 50 and over in the first nine JCVI priority groups by May.
The new target has been set before Mr Johnson unveils his road map out of lockdown to MPs on Monday, as he spends the weekend finalising his plan for relaxing the stringent measures.
The accelerated vaccine rollout will fuel calls for restrictions to be eased sooner, but Mr Johnson insisted the route out of lockdown would be “cautious and phased”.
Source: Sky News