Astonishing achievement as half of UK population receives first COVID-19 jab

24 April 2021

Responding to the latest achievements in the COVID-19 vaccination programme, the deputy chief executive of NHS Providers, Saffron Cordery said:

"It is an astonishing achievement that half of the UK population has now had at least one COVID-19 jab.

"In under five months, frontline NHS staff in trusts and primary care and volunteers have done an incredible job giving out over 33 million first jabs and more than 11 million second doses. We owe each and every one of them our thanks.

"We've made truly significant progress, but we've still got a long way to go until we reach our next major milestone of offering all adults their first jab by the end of July.

"In the meantime, we'd encourage everyone to have their COVID-19 vaccines when they are offered it and to continue following the rules on social contact.

"These measures are key to keeping COVID-19 infection rates under control and helping ensure this current lockdown is our last."

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