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Matt Hancock outlines when over 50s will be offered Covid vaccine

Matt Hancock has outlined the next phase of the coronavirus vaccine roll out – including when the over 50s will be offered a jab.

The Health Secretary revealed who will be eligible for the jab ‘by the end of April’ and when the next phase is likely to be complete.

Speaking on Good Morning Britain the MP analysed the vaccine roll out so far claiming the team have done an ‘amazing job’.

The MP said: “The team are two days early ahead of time. They have done an amazing job. It has been a big team effort and I would also like to thank the volunteers who are doing an incredible amount of this.

“It’s been a big team effort right across the board and it’s really good to see a large proportion of people coming forward with over nine in 10 over 70s having now had the jab, which is frankly much better than I expected and helps us all come out of this safely.”

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Having succeeded in hitting the target of vaccinating 15 million people, Mr Hancock told GMB host Kate Garraway about the next stage of the vaccination phase.

He added: “So the next phase is we want to offer the jab to everybody in groups 1-9 by the end of April.

“We’ve got supplies we think to be able to do that and to start the second jabs which will start in earnest next month because we’ve got to make sure we have the supplies for those because they are all booked in at a specific time.

“We’ve got to keep driving that take up upwards, we’ve got to reach all those who for various reasons in care homes haven’t been able to be jabbed yet because you can’t be jabbed within 28 days of testing positive, so there’s a whole load of people we need to reach.

Groups 1-9 includes the over 50s, and adults over 16 in at-risk groups. For more information about groups 1-9 click here.

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