UK's Covid vaccine effort smashes through the 30 million barrier

More than 30 million people in the UK have received their first dose of the coronavirus vaccine.

A total of 30,151,287 people received their first shocks between December 8 and March 27 – around 57% of all adults in the UK, the Department of Health and Social Welfare (DHSC) said on Sunday.

Meanwhile, 3,527,481 people – 6% of the adult population – have received their second dose for a total of 33,678,768 puffs.

The DHSC said it was on track to meet the government’s goal of offering all those over 50 and the clinically weak their first vaccine by April 15.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said: “I am absolutely thrilled that more than 30 million people across the UK have now got the sting – including the 650,000 vaccinations that were given yesterday.

“The vaccine saves lives and is our way out of this pandemic. I would like to thank the team very much.

“When you get the call – get the bump.”

Vaccine Minister Nadhim Zahawi said: “Vaccines save lives and are the best way out of this pandemic. So I urge everyone, regardless of race or religion, to sign up for the vaccine when it’s your turn.”

“The NHS, general practitioners, pharmacists and volunteers will continue to do everything possible to vaccinate people as soon as possible, and I am extremely proud of your relentless efforts to reach this milestone so quickly.”

The UK is expected to receive its first shipment of the Moderna Coronavirus vaccine next month.

Vaccine supplies were impacted by problems in India, where AstraZeneca’s exports have been temporarily suspended, and concerns have been raised over a dispute with the European Union over exports.

With 17 million doses ordered by the government, the US vaccine has been approved for use in the UK and would be the third to roll out after Oxford / AstraZeneca and Pfizer.

According to NHS England, the focus is now on ensuring that those in the most vulnerable cohorts have the opportunity to get vaccinated.

It prompts those ages 50 and older or those with an underlying health condition to get their first bump.

On Saturday it was said that three out of four people between the ages of 50 and 54 had been bumped, up from half last week.

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