Coronavirus UK live: wait between jabs to be reduced by four weeks
The gap between Covid vaccine doses should be reduced from half to four weeks to speed up the administration of second injections, it has been reported.
The Sunday Times claims No 10 officials have asked the Joint Committee on Immunization and Immunization (JCVI) for urgent advice on reducing the eight-week dosing interval amid rising cases of the Delta variant and the expected easing of foreclosure restrictions this month.
If the JCVI allows the reduction of the vaccination interval, it will open the possibility of traveling abroad without quarantine in time for the school holidays for millions of people.
Overall, 87% of adults have now received a first dose of the coronavirus vaccine and 66% a second.
Labor supports easing of restrictions on July 19 if data backs it up, says Kate Green
Kate Green told Trevor Phillips on Sky News on Sunday that Labor supported the lifting of coronavirus restrictions on July 19 if the data supported it, but that some measures should remain in place.
The shadow secretary of education said: “What we don’t want is to lift the restrictions without keeping the mitigation measures in place that would allow it to happen more safely.
“So, for example, that’s why we said that the compulsory wearing of the mask should continue in public places.
“That’s why we said there should be more support and demands on public spaces to have proper ventilation systems.
“That’s why we said that the financial support for low-income people who need to self-isolate must be adequate so that they can afford to do so.
“So yes, we want to see the restrictions lifted if the data confirms it’s the right thing to do, and hopefully, and the indications seem to be that it will work.” But we want that with the mitigations maintained. “
Kate Green: Labor support shortens the time interval between jabs
Shadow Education Secretary Kate Green said Labor would support reducing the time interval between the two jabs, but only if the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunization (JCVI) recommends it.
She told Trevor Phillips on Sky News on Sunday: “The priority, of course now, is also to ensure that people who have not been vaccinated at all get the vaccine, and it is concerning that the vaccination rate slows down and some groups still cannot come forward and get vaccinated. “
Zahawi: New guidelines released on Monday will still say people must wear masks in indoor confined spaces
Vaccines Minister Nadhim Zahawi said new guidelines released on Monday would still say people should wear masks in indoor confined spaces, although the legal requirement to do so is dropped.
He told Trevor Phillips on Sky News on Sunday: “I think it’s important that we remain cautious and cautious and the guidelines we establish tomorrow will demonstrate that, including guidelines for people to wear masks in spaces. enclosed interiors. “
Government is looking for ways to tweak NHS app, says Zahawi
Vaccines Minister Nadhim Zahawi said the government was looking for ways to fine-tune the NHS application.
Speaking to Trevor Phillips on Sky News on Sunday, he said the Covid app “was developed and operationalized at a time when we did not have vaccines.”
He said: “The team is looking at how we are using this app to alert people to those around them who are positive.”
And he added: “It’s important to look at this in a new context of this massive immunization program and make sure it is fit for this new world, including, for example, being able to take maybe five days. , as we piloted it. , lateral flow tests and upload them to the system rather than having to self-isolate. “
Nadhim Zahawi is ‘confident’ the country will take the next step of lifting coronavirus restrictions next week
Vaccine Minister Nadhim Zahawi said he was “confident” the country will take the next step of lifting coronavirus restrictions next week.
He told Trevor Phillips on Sky News on Sunday that Boris Johnson would make an announcement on Monday.
But he said: “We are seeing an increase in infection rates in this country, but also in Europe and elsewhere. The difference for us is that the vaccination program was so successful. “
Fears NHS backlog will climb to 13million on waiting list
New Health Secretary Sajid Javid has warned that NHS waiting lists could skyrocket to 13 million in the coming months as concerns grow over the backlog facing health services.
Speaking to the Sunday Telegraph in his first interview since taking office two weeks ago, Mr Javid said the growing number of people awaiting non-Covid treatment on the NHS had been what shocked him most since returning to Cabinet after Matt Hancock resigned.
He told the newspaper: “What shocked me the most was when I was told the waiting list was going to get worse before it got better.
“It’s gone from 3.5million to 5.3million today, and I told officials so what do you mean ‘much worse’, thinking it might go down from 5 , 3 million to six million, seven million. They said no, it’s going to increase by the millions … it could go up to 13 million.
“Hearing that 13 million figure absolutely focused my mind, and it will be one of my top priorities to deal with because we can’t have it.”
England fans urged to boo their own defense and try their luck at Wembley
Fans attending England’s Euro 2020 final against Italy have been urged to take the opportunity to get a Covid vaccine at the Wembley vaccination center.
The top NHS doctor has urged fans to be a ‘team player’ by getting the pre-match vaccine if they haven’t already had one.
Fans who show up at Wembley can protect themselves against Covid by heading to the center, which is minutes from the famous arch.
Professor Stephen Powis, National Medical Director for NHS England, said: ‘The NHS vaccination program, the largest in the history of health services, runs all weekend with hundreds of sites offering a service walk-in, so if you’re cheering on England or have other plans it couldn’t be easier to take a jab.
“The vaccine is England’s best defense, protecting yourself, your family and loved ones against Covid, so be a team player and get vaccinated at once in what is a game of two jabs. “
Face covering will remain mandatory on public transport in Wales
Face coverings will remain mandatory on public transport in Wales, with a requirement to continue wearing them in shops also being considered.
The approach contrasts with England’s roadmap out of lockdown, where Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said the legal obligation to wear face coverings will end once the country reaches Stage 4 on July 19.
Prime Minister Mark Drakeford said: ‘We will need everyone’s help to keep the coronavirus under control as we continue to respond to the pandemic – this virus has certainly not gone away.
“We know a lot of people are still worried and anxious about going out. We will maintain the requirement to wear face coverings in some places – on public transport and health and social care facilities, and others as necessary – to help keep us safe. “
Labor calls for action as they warn of rising covid cases
Action is needed as the number of children admitted to hospital with Covid-19 increases, Scottish Labor said.
Party research suggests hospital admissions for under-18s hit their highest level since the pandemic began in June.
For children aged two to four, there was an average of 4.7 weekly admissions between June 10 and June 30.
For children aged 5 to 11, there were 6.7 weekly admissions, while there were 5.7 for children aged 12 to 17.
Party health spokesperson Jackie Baillie said: ‘These are incredibly worrying trends that make it clear that the health and well-being of young people in Scotland is at stake.
“With more children aged five to 11 with Covid hospitalized than ever before, we just don’t have time to waste.
“Covid-19 may not affect children as badly, but young people with underlying health conditions will be at increased risk if the levels of cases are high.
“The SNP has lost control of the pandemic and the health secretary’s eye is irrelevant. “
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