Matt Hancock to give press conference today on next Brits to get vaccines

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Health Secretary Matt Hancock will give a press conference today on vaccine priority groups.

He will confirm who is next in line for the jabs once the over-50s have been vaccinated.

The Government will reportedly continue prioritising people by age, after calls for key workers like teachers to be offered a jab next.

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation is set to present a series of recommendations focusing on age groups.

A senior government source told the Daily Mirror that the Government is likely to follow their advice.

Hancock will be joined by Susan Hopkins from Public Health England and Deputy Chief Medical Officer Jonathan Van-Tam.

The Government is aiming for every adult in the UK to have been offered their first vaccine against Covid-19 by July 31.

Most recently, GPs have been told to invite adults on the learning disabilities register to get the vaccine, as well as all those aged 16 to 64 with underlying health conditions.

The Oxford University and AstraZeneca jab has already been given to millions of Brits across the UK.

However, scientists may replace the needles with “second generation formulations”.

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Professor Sarah Gilbert, professor of vaccinology at the University of Oxford, discussed the research as she was quizzed by MPs on the Science and Technology Committee.

She said: “We have flu vaccines that are given by nasal spray and this could be a very good approach in the future to use vaccines against coronaviruses.

"It's also possible to consider oral vaccination where you take a tablet, that will give you that immunisation, and that would have a lot of benefits for vaccine rollout if you didn't have to use the needles and syringes.”

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Ministers are also considering whether "vaccine passports" could be used in Britain to reopen nightclubs and other venues.

They could be required to enter pubs, live gigs, theatres and open up other parts of the economy.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson confirmed a study will be carried out into introducing "Covid status certification" as he unveiled his roadmap out of lockdown on Monday, February 22.

It would involve using testing or vaccination data to confirm people have a lower risk of spreading coronavirus.

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