FOOTBALL clubs are set to join the Covid-19 vaccination blitz — as the number of immunised Britons soared past seven million.
Dozens of new jab sites open this week and officials are aiming to deliver 500,000 daily doses by the weekend.
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It takes the total number of hubs to 1,438 across England.
Among them are pop-up sites at Bolton Wanderers football club — and more club sites across the country are joining in.
Britain’s biggest Covid infection survey suggests cases are falling, driven by the reduced spread in London and the South.
Health bosses are confident everyone in the top four priority groups — around 13million — can get a jab by mid-February.
A Government source said: “We are cautiously optimistic about hitting half a million daily doses by the weekend.
"It will be tight, but we remain on track to hit our February 15 target.
"After that, we expect supplies to improve, allowing us to vaccinate even faster.”
There were 311,060 first jabs given out on Tuesday, taking the total to 7,164,387.
NHS staff are visiting those who cannot get to an immunisation centre.
Professor Stephen Powis, NHS national medical director, said: “This latest milestone of over 1,400 sites means we can continue expanding delivery.”
The React study, by Imperial College London, shows that nationally the R rate — the number of people each Covid case goes on to infect — is below 1 at 0.98.
And of the nine regions in England, five were seeing a fall in infections. But one in 64 people in England is now carrying the virus.
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Almost one in 100 over-65s, who are most vulnerable, have the disease.
React study lead, Professor Paul Elliott, said: “I think we are definitely heartened by the fact that we’re now seeing what looks like a decline.
"But it’s by no means as fast as we saw in lockdown one.”
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