Vaccination update

As of this evening over 16.4 MILLION people have received at least one dose of an approved COVID-19 vaccine so far across the United Kingdom.

Vaccination has now been offered to everyone in the top four priority groups and we are moving  towards vaccinating the next two priority groups. In less than 10 weeks we have vaccinated 15 million people – that is one in every four adults.

All care home residents and staff, health and social care workers, people aged 70 and over, and the clinically extremely vulnerable have now been offered a vaccine. These groups account for 88 per cent of deaths from coronavirus, meaning potentially tens of thousands of lives will be saved. 

Britain's vaccination programme has accelerated with nearly 1,000 vaccines being administered a minute at one point and a record 598,389 first doses delivered in one day on 31 January. 

The next million letters landing on people’s mats this morning now as we move towards offering vaccines to the next two priority groups – the over-65s and all those with underlying health conditions who are clinically extremely vulnerable. 

The aim is to offer a vaccine to all priority cohorts 1 to 9 by May and all adults by September. 

 As large numbers of people from at risk groups are vaccinated, we will be able to gather the evidence to prove the impact on infection rates, hospitalisation and reduced deaths. If successful, this should in time lead to a reassessment of current restrictions. 

Until then it is essential that everyone continues to stay at home, to protect the NHS and save lives. 



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