Over 4 million people receive first dose of COVID-19 vaccine

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More than 4 million people have now received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine in the UK, according to the latest statistics

Between the 8th of December and the 17th of January, the NHS has vaccinated a total of 4.06 million people, including more than half of those aged 80 and over and more than half of elderly care home residents.

Speaking at Downing Street press conference, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said:

“This is the biggest medical deployment in British history and it’s one of the biggest civilian operations that this country’s ever undertaken.

“We’re on track to deliver our plan to vaccinate the most vulnerable groups by the middle of February, the groups that account for 88% of COVID deaths.

“Our approach is, of course, to save as many lives as possible – as quickly as possible and to reduce the pressure on the NHS.”

Over 70s

Letters have now been sent to the next 2 priority groups, which includes those aged 70 and over and the clinically extremely vulnerable, inviting them to get their vaccinations.


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