Johnson Declares Milestone as U.K. Vaccinates 15 Million People

Johnson Declares Milestone as U.K. Vaccinates 15 Million People

Britain, which has recorded more than 120,000 deaths from COVID-19, was the first Western country to begin mass vaccinations in December, and is ahead of other European countries in rolling out the shots.

That comprises all over-70s, care home residents and staff, NHS workers and the extremely clinically vulnerable to the virus.

Highest priority health care workers, followed by very high priority health care workers, in keeping with the Ministry of Health's guidance. In less than 10 weeks we've jabbed over 15 million people across the UK.

Sunday's shipment amounts to about 42% of the two million doses of the AstraZeneca and Oxford University vaccine the country plans to import from India, in addition to packaging it locally, the government said.

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson visits the QuantuMDx Biotechnology company in Newcastle upon Tyne, England, on February 13.

"People in the priority groups have not missed their chance to get jabbed and if you are aged 70 and over and haven't yet taken up the offer, please do come forward and make an appointment", he said.

In Scotland-as of 8.30am on February 14, 1,223,774 people had received their first dose of the vaccine, according to the Scottish Government.

In Northern Ireland, the Department of Health is offering everyone over 65 a vaccine by the end of February as it works its way through priority groups four and five, although it is expected to help the United Kingdom meet its overall target.

"We do need to be very careful in how we proceed", Raab said on Sky.

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From Monday, the vaccine rollout is being expanded to include over-65s and those deemed clinically vulnerable.

"Those vaccines have been delivered in our NHS hospitals, in GP surgeries, in high street pharmacies, in cathedrals, churches, mosques and temples, in community centres, in living rooms, in cities, towns and villages across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland".

The UK is on track to offer the jab to all of the most vulnerable people by Monday, ministers have said.

"We've still got a long way to go, and there will undoubtedly be bumps in the road".

Nearly 1.2 million letters were due to have landed on the doorsteps of over-65s and the clinically vulnerable by Saturday asking people to log on to the national booking service, NHS England said.

Zahawi tweeted: "15 million!"

"The vaccine gives us immunity from Covid, but it must also give us permanent immunity from Covid-related lockdowns and restrictions", they wrote.

The target was set back on January 4 when Mr Johnson said that by mid-February it is expected that the first vaccine dose will have been offered to everyone in the four top priority groups identified by the JCVI.

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