Added on: 15th February, 2021 by O1
Orpington town centre welcomed Prime Minister Boris Johnson today as he paid a visit to the Health & Wellbeing Centre and met with NHS staff involved in the vaccination programme there.
Following his visit, the Prime Minister tweeted "Great to meet the fantastic NHS staff at Orpington Health and Wellbeing Centre earlier today, who are working incredibly hard to get South East London vaccinated."
Whilst at the centre, Mr Johnson told reporters no decisions have been made on whether schools will return all at once, or be staggered with primaries first.
"No decisions have been taken on that sort of detail yet, though clearly schools on March 8 has for a long time been a priority of the Government and of families up and down the country."
Ahead of the anticipated announcement on 22nd February of the "roadmap" of target dates for relaxing restrictions, Boris Johnson said that England’s emergence from the current lockdown will be “cautious but irreversible”.
Mr Johnson said he hoped to be able to provide dates for the route out of lockdown, but emphasised that his roadmap would only signify the ‘earliest’ day a restriction could be eased and that the end of lockdown is heavily dependent on Covid rates continuing to fall.
He added "If, because of the rate of infection, we have to push something off a little bit to the right, to lay it for a little bit, we won’t hesitate to do that. ‘I think people would much rather see a plan that was cautious but irreversible and one that proceeds sensibly in accordance with where we are with the disease."
Speaking on the day the day when the NHS successfully completed the offer of first vaccine doses to more than 15 million of the most vulnerable over-70s, health and care workers and people with serious underlying health conditions, the PM also urged people in the top four vulnerable groups who've not yet had a first vaccine dose to "dial 119 and we’ll fix you up with a jab".
"There are some people still to come forward, and I really do urge people to come forward.
"These jabs, these vaccines are safe, they’re efficacious, they will help protect you against disease and against death.
"They’re a wonderful thing to have - they help protect you, your family, your neighbours. I think people get that and that’s why they’re coming forward in such numbers."
We welcomed a special guest, Prime Minister @BorisJohnson to Orpington Health & Wellbeing Centre earlier today!He was delighted with the amazing job #OurNHSPeople are doing in Bromley and across #SELondon to vaccinate those most at-risk from #COVID19.https://t.co/x48S4rfbsF— Bromley CCG (@NHSBromley_CCG) February 15, 2021