Prime Minister visits Orpington Health and Wellbeing Centre
I would like to thank the Prime Minister for visiting the Orpington Health and Wellbeing Centre today to mark the start of the second phase of the UK's vaccination programme.
Boris Johnson spoke to the fantastic doctors, nurses, staff and volunteers at the centre who have been administering jabs to priority groups locally. He also took the time to speak to those waiting for their first coronavirus vaccine.
The first phase of the vaccination programme is now complete. The NHS has offered a vaccine to everyone in the top four priority groups. Nationally, more than 15 million have received their jab.
In the second phase, the next five priority groups will be offered a vaccine by May. This includes the over-50s and people in at-risk groups. The NHS started to contact the over-65s today.
At today's meeting with the Prime Minister at the centre, I received the latest figures on the vaccination programme for the London Borough of Bromley. Locally, the NHS has vaccinated:
Over 80s - 91%
Over 75s - 90%
Over 70s - 89%
Clinically vulnerable - 86%
I strongly encourage everyone to get the coronavirus vaccine. It is safe and it will protect you from this cruel virus.
If you are over-65, clinically vulnerable or a frontline health or social care worker, you can book your vaccination appointment online.