Significant milestone reached as almost half of all UK adults in the UK get the vaccine.
- 95% of people aged 65 and over have been vaccinated with first dose
- 9 in 10 of those clinically extremely vulnerable have received first jab
More than 25 million people in the UK have received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.
Figures out today show the UK health services vaccinated a total of 25,273,226 people between 8 December and 16 March with first doses of the Pfizer and Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccines, while 1,759,445 people have had their second dose.
This means almost half of the adult population (26.5 million) have already been vaccinated and will soon develop strong protection from serious illness, saving countless lives and significantly reducing pressure on the NHS.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson said:
Speaking at the Downing Street press conference, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said:
The rollout is continuing at pace and the UK is on track to achieve the Prime Minister’s target of offering the first dose of the vaccine to all over-50s by 15 April, as well as all adults by the end of July.
BT are marking the milestone with a message on the iconic BT Tower in London.
Vaccines Minister Nadhim Zahawi said:
All vaccines being used in the UK have undergone robust clinical trials and have met the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency’s strict standards of safety, effectiveness and quality.
Data from Public Health England’s real-world study shows that both the Pfizer and Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccines are highly effective in reducing COVID-19 infections among older people aged 70 years and over.
The vaccines are available free of charge from thousands of vaccine centres, and through GPs and pharmacies. Ninety-eight per cent of people live within 10 miles of a vaccination centre in England, which includes mosques, Westminster Abbey and football stadiums.
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