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10 MILLION PEOPLE IN UK RECEIVE SECOND COVID-19 VACCINE DOSE

Over 10 million people in the UK have received their second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

Over 10 million people in the UK have received their second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

Health services across the UK have now administered over 43 million vaccines between 8th December and 18th April, including over 32 million people with their first dose and over 10 million with their second.

The milestone means over 19% of all UK adults have received both vaccines.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: “Vaccines offer us the best possible protection from the virus, so it is fantastic that 10 million people have now received their second dose. 

“This is another remarkable milestone in our vaccination programme, which has already saved thousands of lives. 

“I want to thank the brilliant staff and volunteers involved in the rollout, and urge all those who are called to keep coming forward.” 

The government has already hit its target of offering everybody in cohorts 1 to 9 - those aged 50 and over, the clinically vulnerable and health and social care workers - a first dose of the vaccine by 15th April and remains on track to offer a jab to all adults by the end of July.

Vaccine Minister Nadhim Zahawi said: “Vaccines have already saved more than 10,000 lives and they are the best way to protect you and your loved ones from this dreadful disease.

“We want to send this virus into retreat. No matter who you are, where you live, your race or your religion, I encourage everyone to get both doses when offered and help this country return life to normal.”

All vaccines being used in the UK have undergone robust clinical trials and have met the independent Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency’s strict standards of safety, effectiveness and quality.

To date, the government has invested over £300 million into manufacturing a successful vaccine to enable a rapid roll out.

The UK government is committed to supporting equitable access to vaccines worldwide. The UK is the largest donor to the COVAX facility, the global mechanism to help developing countries access a coronavirus vaccine, and has committed £548 million in UK aid to help distribute 1.3 billion doses of coronavirus vaccines to 92 developing countries this year.

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