The Government has confirmed that Islanders aged 70 and over, as well as the clinically vulnerable, will start receiving their COVID-19 vaccination invitations from this week. With over 3.8 million people in the country already vaccinated, including over half of all 80s, the next stage of the vaccination programme now comes into play with the vaccine opened up to another 2 priority groups. There are around 25,000 people living on the Isle of Wight over the age of 70 and many of these will have already been vaccinated as around 10,000 are aged 80 and over. Nationally, 4.6 million over 70s are now going to be invited to have their jab, alongside around 1 million clinically vulnerable. Those classed as clinically vulnerable include organ transplant recipients and people with certain types of cancer. It's hoped all over 70s will be vaccinated by mid-February, allowing restrictions to be eased into March. If successful, it means 88% of those most at risk of dying from COVID-19 will be protected, significantly reducing the death rate and the pressure on the NHS. Over 300,000 vaccines a day are currently being administered nationally. It’s unknown how many Islanders have received their first vaccine dose as official figures are yet to be released on a local level. However, it is thought to now potentially be in excess of 15,000, including a large number of NHS and health care staff. As reported by Island Echo this morning, it is currently hoped that all over 18s will be vaccinated by September, paving the way for a normal return to school for children for the start of the new academic year and almost certainly securing a normal Christmas this year.
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