The next phase of the COVID vaccinations will continue to prioritise people by age and not their occupation to avoid slowing the rollout down. People aged 40-49 will be the next in line to get a vaccine after all vulnerable groups and the over-50s are covered, the government said. The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) said this would be provide “the greatest benefit in the shortest time”. It added that prioritising occupational groups such as teachers and police could make the rollout more complex and could potentially slow the programme overall, leaving some vulnerable people at higher risk for longer. Therefore, the priority ordering for phase two will be: Advertisement Everyone aged between 40 and 49 Everyone aged between 30 and 39 Everyone aged between 18-29 It will begin after all nine priority groups and the over-50s have been offered the jab. Professor Wei Shen Lim, the COVID-19 chair for JCVI, said the strategy was based on prioritising those most likely to suffer serious consequences of the disease, noting the risk increasing with age. More from Covid-19 COVID news live: Warning UK’s pubs could be ‘lost for good’ – as police furious for not being given vaccine priority… Read full this story
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