Hancock hails milestone as 20 million UK adults receive two Covid-19 jabs
or more than 20 million adults in the UK have received both doses of a coronavirus vaccine.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock hailed the step, which he said means millions of people “now have the fullest possible protection against this virus.”
The government’s goal of delivering a first vaccine to all adults by the end of July remains on track, the health ministry said.
Across the UK, a total of 56,677,012 vaccines were administered between December 8 and May 15, including 36,573,354 people with their first dose (69.4%) and 20,103,658 with their second (38 , 2%).
Mr Hancock said: ‘We have more good news regarding the vaccination rollout and are making extraordinary progress as 20 million people are now enjoying the most comprehensive protection possible against this virus – many thanks to the team to have taken this step.
“The latest real-world data has once again demonstrated how effective the vaccine is in providing life-saving protection, with two doses of the Pfizer vaccine providing 97% protection against mortality.
“Getting a second dose is vital to ensuring you have the ultimate protection against this deadly virus – I encourage everyone to reserve their jab as soon as it is offered to them. “
Vaccine Minister Nadhim Zahawi said: “It is inspiring to see the incredible response from the public to our call to arms to get the jab. We have one of the highest vaccination rates in the world, but our work is not yet finished.
“It’s time to redouble your efforts for the second dose, so please show up for the second jab as it could be an extra boost of vital protection.” “
It was announced on Friday that appointments for the second dose would be brought forward by 12 to eight weeks for people aged 50 and over.
NHS England said no one needed to contact the health service.
People who are due to receive their second dose within the next 10 days, up to and including May 24, should show up for their appointment as scheduled.
In England, the vaccine rollout is currently open to anyone aged 38 and over.
A vaccination bus was parked in Bolton over the weekend amid concerns over the spread of the variant first identified in India.
Mr Hancock confirmed that those over 35 will be able to book their Covid-19 jabs from some point in the coming days.
He told the BBC: “Next week we are going to open up vaccination for 35 and over people across the country, because it’s not just about speeding up the vaccination program in Bolton, it’s about ‘go as fast as possible. can nationwide.