£1.6bn extra funding provided for UK’s COVID-19 vaccination plan
The UK government’s COVID-19 vaccination rollout plan will receive an extra £1.6bn funding in this week’s Spring Budget, in order to get every adult in the UK the first dose of the vaccine by July 31.
A further £22m in government funding will be used in a trial to see if mixing different vaccine doses works.
Further funding will also be used to look into how effective a third dose of a vaccine would be.
Chancellor Rishi Sunak: “It is essential we maintain this momentum. Protecting ourselves against the virus means we will be able to lift restrictions, reopen our economy and focus our attention on creating jobs and stimulating growth.”
The news follows the announcement that more than 20 million UK residents have now had the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
20 million people across the UK have now got the jab – a huge national achievement and a testament to the tireless work of NHS staff, volunteers, the Armed Forces & many more.
I urge everyone to get the jab when called. Every jab makes a difference in our battle against COVID. pic.twitter.com/kdkB2EkGlS
— Boris Johnson (@BorisJohnson) February 28, 2021