One in five adults in UK have received first vaccine dose, says Hancock

Taz Ali, PA
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One in five of all adults in the UK have had their first dose of a coronavirus vaccine, the Health Secretary said, as figures showed half-a-million people were now fully vaccinated.

Matt Hancock said Britain remained on track to complete the vaccination of the top four priority groups by February 15.

It comes as Government data up to February 3 showed that of the 10,992,444 jabs given in the UK so far, 10,490,487 were first doses – a rise of 469,016 on the previous day’s figures.

Some 501,957 were second doses, meaning just over half-a-million people were now fully vaccinated.

On Thursday, Mr Hancock said: “We are on track to deliver the commitment we have made of offering the jab to all of the top four priority groups by February 15.

“I’m just so proud of the team who are delivering this, it’s going really, really well.

“You saw yesterday 10 million jabs done. Today we passed the threshold of one in five of the population who have been jabbed already.”

PA infographic showing people aged 80+ who have received first dose of Covid-19 vaccine
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Earlier, vaccines minister Nadhim Zahawi said a target would be set for reaching all those aged 50 to 70, as well as those with underlying conditions which put them at higher risk of serious disease, once the most vulnerable had been offered a jab by mid-February, although he declined to set a date.

Based on the latest Government figures, an average of 409,956 first doses of vaccine would be needed each day in order to meet the Government’s target of 15 million first doses by February 15.

So far in England, a total of 9,508,006 Covid-19 vaccinations had taken place between December 8 and February 3, according to provisional NHS England data, including first and second doses.

A further 915 people had died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19 as of Thursday, according to Government figures, bringing the UK total to 110,250.

Additionally, a further 20,634 lab-confirmed cases of coronavirus were recorded, with the UK total standing at 3,892,459.