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Matt Hancock to hold press conference as vaccinations to begin for over-70s

There will be a press conference from Downing Street at 5pm today.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock is expected to update the nation on the latest situation with coronavirus.

He will speak alongside Susan Hopkins, the chief medical advisor for NHS Test and Trace, and Steve Powis, medical director of NHS England.

Earlier today, Mr Hancock said that people over 70 would now start being offered their vaccinations against Covid-19.

He said: ‘More than half of all over-80s have had their coronavirus jab, so I’m really pleased we can now offer jabs to the over 70s and the clinically extremely vulnerable.

‘Total focus on getting all the most vulnerable groups jabbed by 15 February.’

The top priority groups are over-80s, care home residents, and NHS and social care staff, and the Government said it will remain the priority to vaccinate them.

Next after that in the priority groups are everyone over the age of 70, and those who are clinically extremely vulnerable.

The main focus will remain on the first groups, but sites which have enough supply and capacity will offer vaccines to those next in line too.

The priority list has been decided by the the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) – an independent expert advisory committee.

Mr 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 and our NHS heroes are making huge strides in making this happen.

‘This measure does not mean our focus on getting care homes, healthcare staff and those aged 80 and over vaccinated is wavering – it will remain our utmost priority over the coming weeks to reach the rest of these groups.’

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