Vaccines minister says first booster doses will go to the top four priority groups, which includes care home staff, NHS workers and clinically extremely vulnerable

8.40am GMT

People in Wales are able to travel across the country and stay in hotels from Saturday as the “stay local” requirement is lifted for the first time since 20 December.

The easing of travel rules applies only to Wales – people in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland must remain in their local area.

Related: ‘We can’t wait’: outdoor capital of Wales ready for tourists’ return

8.29am GMT

The UK government is failing to fight vaccine hesitancy among people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities and young women, a senior Conservative has said as she warned the issue could have “devastating” effects.

Caroline Nokes, the chair of the Commons Women and Equalities Committee, said disparities on vaccine uptake and hesitancy are “most prominent” among minority ethnic groups, adults in deprived areas and young women.

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