Matt Hancock announcement: What did the Health Secretary say today, Monday, February 8?

THE Health Secretary addressed the nation from Number 10 for another update today (February 8).

The Government is on course to hit its target to vaccinate the most vulnerable groups ahead of schedule.

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What did the Health Secretary announce?

The Heath Secretary gave the latest information on coronavirus infection numbers and the death toll.

Matt Hancock also urged anyone over the age of 70 who have not yet had the Covid vaccine to chase up with the NHS.

Older Brits should be covered by their first dose as soon as possible.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said people should encourage their grandparents to book a jab if they have not yet received it.

The self-referral for Covid jabs is a radical shift in the NHS vaccination policy.

Speaking at Downing Street, he said: "Until now we've said please wait for the NHS to contact you but now that message is changing.

"If you live in England and are 70 and over and have not got an appointment to be vaccinate then please contact the NHS.

"The easiest way to do this is through the national booking service, online, at

"Or if you can't get online, call 119 or speak to your local GP practice."

Over 70s can book their appointments using the website or those unable to get online can call 119.

Also speaking at the conference Dr Nikki Kanani added: “If previously you’ve had the offer and you weren’t sure and you’ve changed your mind now, please take up the offer when you’re contacted.

"Because that decision could save your life.”

If a suitable and convenient slot is not available people can also call their GP practice.

Heath and social care workers are also among those who should seek a jab if they have not had it.

They are among the top four priority groups for vaccination and should speak to their employer about arranging an appointment.


The UK topped more than 12 million doses delivered, with the NHS now jabbing a thousand people every minute.

This means that almost 1 in 4 adults have received their Covid vaccine.

Mr Hancock said 91 per cent of over 80s had received the first dose and that 95 per cent of those aged 75-79 had also received a jab.

It comes after the UK Covid death toll fell to the lowest for six weeks as 333 more people have died and cases have dropped by a quarter in a week to 14,104.

Mr Hancock discussed the rapid pace of the vaccine roll out, which means the aim of vaccinating all four priority groups is set to be achieved three days ahead of target.

But Mr Hancock faced a grilling over delays to Britain's new hotel quarantine scheme, after ministers were unable to say whether they have even signed any contracts for rooms yet.

And he reassured the public about the efficacy of the AstraZeneca vaccine after a study found it only offers “minimal” protection against mild and moderate illness caused by the South African strain.

Mr Hancock hailed a new Government contract for 20 million British-made Covid tests that will be vital to the bid to unlock the economy.

The lateral flow tests, made by Derby-based SureScreen Diagnostics, produce a result in under 30 minutes and can be rolled out at workplaces and schools.

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