10MILLION Britons have now been fully vaccinated against Covid as Boris Johnson hails ‘remarkable milestone’
- Another 221,193 people got their second vaccine doses yesterday in the UK
- Rollout now focused on getting booster jabs to people in vulnerable groups
- Matt Hancock said it’s ‘crucial’ for people to get second doses for full protection
More than 10million people in the UK have now had two doses of a Covid vaccine and are fully immunised, official figures show.
Boris Johnson hailed the ‘remarkable milestone’ hit today after another 221,193 people got their booster jabs on Sunday, taking the total to 10,152,039.
It means almost one in five adults in Britain have the best available protection against Covid, with almost all of the country’s most vulnerable people now covered.
A total of 32.8million people have had their first dose of a vaccine, meaning well over half of the adult population have at least some protection.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock said everyone coming forward for their second dose is ‘crucial’ to make sure their protection from the disease is long-lasting.
Experts estimate the jabs have already saved 10,000 people’s lives while the country’s three-month lockdown brought down case rates and hospital admissions.
Everyone over the age of 50 has been offered a vaccine already, with the NHS now targeting those in their late 40s for the limited supply of first doses available this month.
Supply problems and a huge surge in demand for boosters means that the number of first-timers coming forward is a fraction of what it was in March, but the rollout is still reaching almost half a million people every day, most of them for second doses.
Another 221,193 people got their booster jabs on Sunday, taking the total to 10,152,039. A total of 32.8million people have had their first dose of a vaccine
Health Secretary Matt Hancock said everyone coming forward for their second dose was ‘crucial’ to make sure their protection from the disease is long-lasting (Pictured: A man gets vaccinated in Reading)