COVID vaccine: Dr Amir Khan reveals latest developments
Covid vaccines first came to the country at the start of December, after months of clinical trials and scientific research. The Pfizer jab is now being handed out across the UK. How many people have already had the vaccine?
More than 70,000 people have died from COVID-19 in the UK, latest figures have confirmed.
The UK hit the grim milestone on Christmas Day 2020, with the country in the midst of a tragic third wave of infections.
But thankfully the Pfizer/BioNTech coronavirus vaccine has already been distributed across the UK, with millions more doses set to be delivered.
Thousands of people have already received their first dose of the vaccine, with even more to come over the next few weeks and months.
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The government will be releasing weekly figures to show how many people have been vaccinated against coronavirus.
Up until December 20, 616,933 people had received their first Covid vaccine dose.
The majority of those people live in England, while Northern Ireland had received the fewest number of jabs.
The vaccines have been prioritised for people over 80 years old, as well as care home residents.
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How many people have had the Covid vaccine in the UK?
- England: 521,594
- Scotland: 56,676
- Wales: 22,595
- Northern Ireland: 16,068
- Total: 616,933
Health Secretary Matt Hancock said: “Thanks to a huge effort from the NHS to overcome significant logistical challenges, 616,933 people across the UK have had their jab of the coronavirus vaccine.
“In just over three weeks, the NHS in every part of the UK has already set up hundreds of vaccination sites to ensure those most in need can receive their jab as quickly as possible.
“This is just the beginning and we are continually expanding our vaccination programme to help everyone get back to normal in the future.”
40 million doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine have been secured for the UK.
Covid vaccines are being delivered at more than 500 vaccination sites.
The over-80s were the first people to be given the vaccine, with 90-year-old Margaret Keenan the very first person to be given the jab.
Care home residents started to receive vaccines from December 16.
Up until December 20, the vaccine was given out to seven care homes, in Slough, Aintree, Herne Bay, Thanet, Chalfont St Peter, Droitwich and Cheltenham, and Chelsea Pensioners.
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