- Over 50 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered
- Over 29% of all UK adults have received the strongest possible protection
Health services across the UK administered a total of 50,089,549 million vaccines between 8 December 2020 and 2 May 2021, including 34 million people with their first dose and 15 million with their second.
Data from Public Health England (PHE)’s real-world study shows the vaccines are already having a significant impact in the UK, reducing hospitalisations and saving more than 10,000 lives in England alone by the end of March.
Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock said:
The vaccine is our way out of this pandemic and the rollout had been a huge national effort. I want to pay tribute to the heroic NHS staff and volunteers who have worked tirelessly to deliver vaccines in every corner of the United Kingdom at a phenomenal pace.
Vaccines Minister Nadhim Zahawi said:
The UK’s vaccination programme has been a huge success so far with more than 50 million doses administered – a fantastic achievement.
We have one of the highest uptake rates in the world and over 15 million people have now received 2 doses and maximum protection from this dreadful virus.
Every jab brings us one step closer to putting this pandemic behind us. I urge everyone to come forward as soon as they are eligible – the vaccine is safe, effective and could save your life.
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.
Approved vaccines are available from thousands of NHS vaccine centres, GP practices, pharmacies & community hubs and places of worship. Around 98% of people live within 10 miles of a vaccination centre in England and vaccinations are taking place at sites including mosques, community centres and football stadiums.
The pivotal role played by Imams and Mosques has been recognised by all involved in the rollout of the COVID-19 Vaccines in the UK. Vaccination hubs across the UK have been set up in Mosques, with Imams and community leaders through their communications have improved the take up of the vaccine in their communities.
Information via GOV.UK