More than 15 million folks within the UK have now had a primary dose of a Covid-19 vaccine, the federal government has confirmed.
The quantity is the equal of everybody within the authorities’s prime 4 precedence teams, which is the over-70s, NHS and social care staff and the clinically extraordinarily susceptible.
Prime minister Boris Johnson mentioned the UK’s NHS has “achieved an extraordinary feat” by vaccinating a number of the “most vulnerable” folks in vaccination centres throughout the UK.
“We have even delivered jabs in a fairground,” he mentioned, in a video tweeted on-line.
“And they’ve been delivered by essentially the most extraordinary military of vaccinators who’ve jabbed like there is no such thing as a tomorrow.
“Doctors and nurses and retired healthcare workers, who have returned to the fray, and supported by organisers, volunteers, marshals, guided by the leadership of the NHS, and supported by the great strategic, logistical nous of the British army.”
The authorities had set a goal of providing a Covid-19 vaccine to its prime 4 precedence teams within the UK – the equal of 15 million folks – by February 15.
Johnson added: “It has been a truly national, UK-wide effort. We have done it together.”
NHS England chief govt Simon Stevens mentioned: “Hitting this milestone simply 10 weeks after the NHS made historical past by delivering the primary Covid vaccination exterior of a scientific trial is a exceptional shared achievement.
“The NHS vaccination programme is the most important and quickest in Europe – and within the well being service’s historical past – and that’s all the way down to the talent, care, and downright onerous work of our improbable workers, supported by native communities, volunteers and the armed forces.
“On behalf of the whole country it’s right to mark this successful first phase with a huge thank you to everyone involved in this extraordinary team effort.”
Health secretary Matt Hancock mentioned: “I’m so pleased with the staff – we’ve hit this improbable milestone in our battle in opposition to Covid-19. In lower than 10 weeks we’ve jabbed over 15 million folks throughout the UK.
“That’s one in each 4 adults now beginning to obtain safety from this dreadful illness.
“This accomplishment is due to the unbelievable efforts of frontline NHS employees, vaccine volunteers, the armed forces and all these working in native and central authorities. The vaccine rollout reveals what our nation can obtain working collectively.
“There is so much more to do and I urge anyone eligible to step forward and take up their appointment. The vaccine is our route to freedom – we will beat this virus jab by jab.”
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