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PremierLeague-News.Com - Downing Street has not ruled out sending extra supplies of jabs to other areas of the country seeing increases in cases of the B1617.2 strain
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Anyone over the age of 18 is being offered the vaccine in Blackburn as local officials attempt to curb rising transmission of the Indian variant among younger people.The vaccine centre at the Royal Blackburn Teaching Hospital is inviting over-18s and anyone in the clinically vulnerable groups who have not yet had the jab to book an appointment.Blackburn is one of several areas of the country seeing increases in cases of the B1617.2 strain, which could be more infectious than the dominant Kent variant.News and analysis, direct from Westminster to your inboxEmail address is invalidThank you for subscribing!Sorry, there was a problem with your subscription.Official NHS nationwide policy, as recommended by the independent committee on vaccination, is for vaccines to be offered by age groups and currently 38-year-olds are the youngest people to be invited to have the jab beyond those who are clinically vulnerable.But local centres can sidestep nationwide guidelines. It emerged as Downing Street said they would not rule out sending “surge vaccinations” to Blackburn, Bolton and other areas that have seen a rise in cases of the Indian variant, which would see increases in supply of doses.Coronavirus cases among teenagers and people in their 20s are increasing due to the strain. The B1617.2 is not thought to be resistant to the vaccines.
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. We are not going to rule anything out. We want to make sure keep the public safe and keep our roadmap on track.”An emergency meeting of Sage has been called to discuss what extra measures can be put in place to tackle the Indian variant clusters, as i revealed, with concerns that the final stage of the roadmap could be delayed beyond 21 June.Asked whether step four could be delayed by the Indian variant, the Prime Minister’s spokesman said there was at present “nothing in the data” to suggest it would be delayed, but added: “We will monitor it very very closely and be guided by the data. There is nothing that would suggest a move away from what’s set out in the roadmap.“Sage are meeting today and … if they have further advice out of that meeting we will consider it carefully as we always do. We are keeping a very close eye on this.”Discussions were being had between ministers, the chief medical officer Professor Chris Whitty and chief scientific adviser Sir Patrick Vallance, the spokesman said.Downing Street played down the idea that England could see a return to tiers, saying the roadmap set out us “moving together as a nation” and “there are no plans to reintroduce tiering”.
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