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Second vaccine doses will be administered on time, says minister


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he government is “confident” everyone in the UK will get their second dose of a Covid vaccine within 12 weeks of the first, the culture secretary has said.

Appearing on Sophy Ridge On Sunday, Oliver Dowden was asked if he can guarantee everyone will get their second jab on time.

“Yes, of course, we’ve been planning that all the way through,” he said.

“It’s one of the most important considerations as we’ve rolled out the vaccine.

“In all of our planning, we have factored in getting that second dose of the vaccine.”

There were fears that second doses would be delayed after the NHS warned of a significant reduction in jabs available in England in April due to a lack of Oxford-AstraZeneca shipments from India.

However Mr Dowden sought to reassure people as he confirmed a batch of the Moderna vaccine would arrive in the UK in April.

The country’s stay-at-home order is also due to end.

Mr Dowden added: “I think tomorrow is an important day. First of all, allowing grassroots sports to resume, which is so important for our nation’s physical and mental health, but also ensuring that people can once again meet their loved ones outside.

“Of course, it’s important that we continue to abide by the rules but this is an important step back towards normality.”

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said he is wary of the prospect of rising coronavirus infection rates, but sees “absolutely nothing in the data” to stop the easing of the lockdown.



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