People aged 70 and over are expected to begin receiving coronavirus vaccinations as soon as next week as the Government ramps up its inoculations programme, The Telegraph can disclose. With 90 per cent of the over-80s now vaccinated in some areas and 3.2 million doses administered in total, ministers are preparing to give the green light to the next age categories getting the jab. Letters inviting the over-70s to book vaccinations are set to arrive on doormats early next week, meaning the first appointments would be possible before next weekend, it is understood. Ministers are on course to deliver the two million doses a week they promised by the end of January with a further 316,694 announced on Friday, adding up to a total of 3.23 million. However, the pipeline of vaccine deliveries was thrown into doubt after Pfizer announced "reductions" in weekly shipments of around a million doses at the end of this month. Speaking at a Downing Street press conference on Friday, Boris Johnson said: "With almost 45 per cent of our over-80s now vaccinated and almost 40 per cent of care home residents, we are steadily protecting those most at risk. "And I pay particular tribute to the vaccination efforts going on in Cockermouth in Cumbria, Yateley and Cheltenham, where they have vaccinated around 90 per cent of their over-80s in their communities."