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Lockdown review date: When is next lockdown review as 15million vaccinated?

Matt Hancock on people having to 'wait' for COVID-19 jab

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The UK has been in lockdown for all of 2021 so far after coronavirus made a vengeful return in the autumn months. Even though the UK’s vaccination programme has been a roaring success so far, restrictions have not yet been lifted as the number of cases remains high and the number of deaths still in the hundreds each day.

The Government has now confirmed the UK has reached its mid-February target for contacting every person in the top four most vulnerable categories.

More than 15 million people across the UK have now had at least one dose of the vaccine, with second doses also being administered.

Boris Johnson hailed the achievement as a “significant milestone”.

Boris Johnson said: “Today we have reached a significant milestone in the United Kingdom’s national vaccination programme.

“This country has achieved an extraordinary feat – administering a total of 15 million jabs into the arms of some of the most vulnerable people in the country.”

He added: “In England, I can now tell you we have now offered jabs to everyone in the first four priority groups, the people most likely to be severely ill with coronavirus, hitting the first target we set ourselves.”

He also warned “we’ve still got a long way to go and there will undoubtedly be bumps in the road,” but that “after all we’ve achieved, I know we can go forward with great confidence.”

Vaccines minister Nadhim Zahawi confirmed the news on Twitter, writing: “15,000,000! Amazing team We will not rest till we offer the vaccine to the whole of phase1 the 1-9 categories of the most vulnerable & all over 50s by end April and then all adults.”

The next groups to receive vaccinations will be those aged 65 and over and vulnerable adults aged 16 to 65.

Although the milestone is a cause for celebration, many are asking when current restrictions might be lifted as the UK slowly but surely works its way through the pandemic.

Rates of coronavirus are currently falling in all four nations of the UK.

But data released by the Office for National Statistics last week shows that one in 80 people in England had the virus.

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When is the next lockdown review?

Boris Johnson will unveil his ‘roadmap’ out of lockdown in the week of February 22, what he has called a “cautious” easing of plans.

While the details are not yet clear, schools in England are expected to reopen on March 8 and outdoor meetings in groups could also be allowed in the coming months.

Elsewhere, lockdown restrictions will remain in force until at least the end of February in Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon has confirmed.

Wales First Minister Mark Drakeford has also said that despite Wales being the first to meet the vaccination target, restrictions will remain in place for several more weeks.

However, schools are planned open to some pupils on February 22 in both countries, subject to final confirmation.

In Scotland, pupils in Primary 1 to Primary 3 will be allowed back into school, as will those in the senior phase of secondary school.

In Northern Ireland, lockdown has been extended to March 5.

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