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Who will be first to get the coronavirus vaccine - and who will be last?

Vaccinating everyone in Britain ‘not going to happen’, says head of government task force

Less than half of the UK population will be inoculated against the Covid-19 coronavirus when an effective vaccine becomes available, according to the head of the government’s vaccine task force.

Kate Bingham, the task force’s chair, told the Financial Times that vaccinating everyone in Britain is “not going to happen”, adding: “We just need to vaccinate everyone at risk.”

So who will be among the group to be vaccinated - and who will not receive the jab?

“There’s going to be no vaccination of people under 18,” Bingham told the newspaper, adding: “It’s an adult-only vaccine, for people over 50, focusing on health workers and care home workers and the vulnerable.” 

That message was echoed by a Whitehall official, who told Politico London Playbook’s Alex Wickham that “Kate and the task force are doing an amazing job supporting vaccine development and purchasing candidates”.

The government official pointed to the latest advice from the government’s Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation, which sets out a “provisional ranking of prioritisation for persons at-risk” as follows:

1) older adults who are resident in a care home and care home workers2) people 80 years of age and over and health and social care workers3) people 75 years of age and over4) anyone 70 years of age and over5) those 65 years of age and over6) high-risk adults under 65 years of age7) moderate-risk adults under 65 years of age8) all those 60 years of age and over9) people 55 years of age and over10) all those 50 years of age and over11) the rest of the population.

So if you are “under 50 and you thought you might be liberated by a vaccine in six months or so, you’re probably gonna have to wait a lot longer”, Politico’s Wickham warns.

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