Starting Monday, England is expanding the next phase of its Covid-19 vaccination campaign to offer doses to people age 70 and older and those considered vulnerable to the virus, the UK government said in a statement issued late Sunday.
Until now, the vaccination program has focused on two priority cohorts: people over the age of 80 and frontline health and care workers.
“Today is a significant milestone in our vaccination programme as we open it up to millions more people who are most at risk from Covid 19," British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Sunday, according to the statement.
While vaccinating the first two groups remains a priority, the statement read, vaccination sites that have enough supply can offer them to those 70 and older along with "clinically extremely vulnerable people."
“Now that more than half of all over-80s have had their jab, we can begin vaccinating the next most vulnerable groups," UK Health minister Matt Hancock said.
"We are working day and night to make sure everyone who is 70 and over, our health and social care workers and the clinically extremely vulnerable are offered the vaccine by the middle of February," he added.