More than five million people in the UK have received their second dose of a coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine.
Health services across the UK have now administered over 36.6 million vaccines between 8 December and 02 April, including over 31.4 million people with their first dose and over 5.2 million with their second.
The milestone means nearly 1 in 10 of all UK adults have received both vaccines, ensuring maximum protection from the virus over the coming months.
Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock said: “Our spectacular vaccination programme has now delivered over five million second doses, giving those most vulnerable to COVID – including half of all those aged over 80 – the best possible protection. This is vital so everyone can get the strongest possible protection against COVID-19 as we progress along the road to freedom, allowing us to reclaim the things we love. I want to give a big thank you to all those who have helped us reach this milestone.”
The UK remains on track to achieve the Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s target of offering a first dose to those aged 50 and over by mid-April, as well as all adults by the end of July.
Minister for COVID-19 Vaccine Deployment Nadhim Zahawi said: “Vaccines are an incredibly important part of our route out of lockdown and this pandemic, and it’s vital people take advantage of the protection they provide. No matter who you are, where you live, your race or your religion, I encourage everyone to take up both their vaccinations when offered and help this country get back to normality.”
Dr Nikki Kanani, GP and medical director for primary care at NHS England, said: “The biggest vaccination programme in NHS history – the fastest in Europe – reaches another significant milestone as more than 5 million people have now received their second dose providing them with the strongest possible protection from serious disease. This success is testament to the tens of thousands of volunteers, everyone working behind the scenes and NHS GPs, nurses and vaccinators who are continuing to offer vaccines to all those who are eligible so please do come forward for your second dose when called.”