January 11, 2021

Our Covid-19 UK Vaccines Delivery Plan

Today we have published our Covid-19 UK Vaccines Delivery Plan, setting out how we plan to deliver the biggest vaccination programme in British history, to protect all those who need it most as quickly as possible.

The delivery of a safe, effective vaccine is the best way to protect the most vulnerable and save thousands of lives – and we want to reassure the British people that we are fully prepared to deliver this vaccine over the weeks and months ahead.

That is why today we have published our Vaccines Delivery Plan, which sets out our ambitions for the coming weeks and months as we continue to expand our programme at breakneck speed, and outlines the time, effort and resources that have gone and will go into ensuring we protect the British people from the scourge of this virus.

This battle plan will be the keystone of our exit out of the pandemic, but only if we continue to play our part by staying at home, following the rules and keeping hands, face, space at the forefront of our minds when out and about.

What is the Vaccine Delivery Plan?

Our plan is to deliver at least 2 million vaccinations in England per week by the end of January.

Through Phase One, tens of millions of people will be immunised by the spring at over 2,700 vaccination sites across the UK.

By the end of January, everyone in England will be within 10 miles of a vaccination site. This will mean every at-risk person has easy access to a vaccination centre, regardless of where they live.

In addition, all residents and staff in over 10,000 care homes across the country will be offered a vaccine by the end of the month.

As set out by the Prime Minister last week, the plan emphasises our commitment to offer the first vaccine dose to all those in the top four priority groups recommended by the Joint Committee of Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) by 15 February. With these groups accounting for 88% of COVID-19 fatalities, the move will prevent thousands of deaths once their immunity develops in 14 days.

This will be made possible by the rapid expansion of the programme, including:

  • 206 active hospital sites
  • 50 vaccination centres
  • Around 1,200 local vaccination sites – including primary care networks, community pharmacy sites and mobile team.

Phase Two will look at the best tactics for achieving protection for the whole UK population, and may include vaccination of those at high risk of catching COVID-19 or delivering key public services. The JCVI will consider all available evidence for Phase Two recommendations of the vaccination programme.

The vaccine delivery plan is split into four main areas:

  • Supply – including the development and manufacturing of vaccines, ensuring their safety and effectiveness
  • Prioritisation – insight into the first two phases of deployment.
  • Places – ensuring simple, fair and convenient access to vaccinations for the public, regardless of where they live.
  • People – mobilising the workforce and providing information on vaccinations to local communities

The government will work with the NHS, devolved administrations, local councils and the armed forces to deliver the largest vaccination programme in British history.

Around Two Million Vaccines Already Administered

We have vaccinated around two million people in the United Kingdom – more people than any other country in Europe, and we were the first country to approve both the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine and the Oxford University/AstraZeneca vaccine.

We have vaccinated more people in the last week than the whole of December, we are now administering 200,000 doses a day, and over a third of over-80s have received a jab.

By the end of this week, we hope to have set up 1,200 GP-led, pharmacy-led and hospital vaccine delivery sites, along with our seven giant vaccination centres.

Stay at Home. Protect the NHS. And Save Lives

Vaccines and new treatments do offer us hope and a clear way out. But we cannot afford to let our justified optimism for the future come at the expense of difficult action today.

Our NHS in some parts of the country is currently facing the most dangerous situation anyone can remember, and if the virus continues its current trajectory, many hospitals will be in real difficulties very soon. NHS staff are doing their absolute best, but even they have limits.

The British public have made an extraordinary effort so far. Of course, we are all tired of restrictions, but we need to find the collective strength to get through the critical stage and save as many lives as we can. Our message is clear: to drive the numbers down, we must stay home. Every unnecessary interaction you have could be the link in a chain of transmission which has a vulnerable person at the end.

These restrictions will not last forever. By following the rules, we will save lives and help normal life return more swiftly.

Region Labour's Pension Tax (£) Extra Months to Work
England 11,167 44
East Midlands 6,150 50
Greater London 12,871 45
North East 9,758 38
North West 6,835 47
South East 14,270 40
South West 7,407 45
West Midlands 10,729 41
Northern Ireland 13,718 35
Scotland 10,653 41
Wales 11,691 36
United Kingdom 11,253 43

Commenting, Therese Coffey, Secretary of State for the Department of Work and Pensions, said:

“Corbyn’s Pension Tax will see ten million savers facing a huge bill forcing them to delay their retirement for almost three and a half years.
“This is just one of the ways a Corbyn government would hammer hardworking people on top of his plans to hike up taxes by £2,400 a year, as well as the cost of his plan for unlimited immigration and the chaos of 2020 being dominated by two more referendums – one on Brexit and another on Scottish independence.
“Only Boris Johnson and the Conservative Party can get Brexit done with a deal, get parliament working again and turbocharge our economy to unleash Britain’s potential.”

Read more about how this Pension Tax will impact millions of savers (PDF)