By Rachael Grealish
Almost one sixth of the UK population has received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, the latest figures show.
A total of 9,646,715 were first doses, while 496,796 were second doses, as the government strives to reach their target of 15 million people vaccinated by mid-February.
Two approved vaccines – by AstraZeneca and Pfizer – are being rolled out to people considered most at risk from coronavirus.
Yesterday, Monday February 1, the Health Secretary confirmed all eligible care home residents and staff in England have been offered vaccines among these.
Matt Hancock said: “This weekend the equivalent of one in every 60 people, in the UK, was vaccinated.
“Almost nine in 10 of all over-80s have been vaccinated, and over half of all people in their 70s have been vaccinated.”
However, it’s not all good news another 1,449 new coronavirus deaths were recorded in the UK in the past 24 hours – a sharp rise from the 406 yesterday.
A further 16,840 daily cases have also been confirmed leading to a total of 3,852,623 infections being recorded in the UK since the start of the pandemic.
The number of people who have now died, within 28 days of a positive COVID-19 test, is 108,013.
Hancock also confirmed yesterday 105 cases of the South African variant of the deadly virus has been found in the UK – with 11 that weren’t travel related.
Among those who died is the war hero and NHS fundraiser Captain Sir Tom Moore.
Sir Tom died age 100 after battling pneumonia and, more recently, COVID-19.