By Rachael Grealish
More than 15 million people in UK have now had at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose before the Government’s February 15 target.
The announcement was made today, Sunday February 14, that a further 431,683 vaccine doses had been registered in England – 429,497 first doses, 2,186 second doses – 50,601 in Scotland and 22,555 in Wales bringing the current total over the magic number of 15 million.
This is enough to cover the government’s top four priority groups including care home residents and staff, over 70s, healthcare and social workers staff and the clinically extremely vulnerable.
The prime Minister shared a statement on Twitter calling it a ‘significant milestone’.
He said: “Over two months this country has achieved an extraordinary feat, administering a total of 15 million jabs into the arms of the most vulnerable people in the country.”
In the tweet, which included a video of the Boris Johnson, he said it’s truly been a ‘nationwide effort’.
“I want to thank each and every person who has helped make it happen,” he added.
Today we have reached a significant milestone in the United Kingdom’s national vaccination programme.
This country has achieved an extraordinary feat – administering a total of 15 million jabs into the arms of some of the most vulnerable people in the country. pic.twitter.com/wPKCXPT8Td
— Boris Johnson (@BorisJohnson) February 14, 2021
Vaccines minister, Nadhim Zahawi, also shared a celebration of the news, teeeting: “15,000,000! Amazing team. We will not rest till we offer the vaccine to the whole of phase1 the 1-9 categories of the most vulnerable & all over 50s by end April and then all adults.”
It was back in December 2020 the PM made the promise to vaccinate 15 million vulnerable people by February 15 – a target officially reached by the government.
Johnson is expected to soon outline the UK’s plan for leaving its third lockdown – with assumptions schools will be the first to reopen.