First doses of vaccines have been offered to the top nine priority groups before the target date of April 15. The Prime Minister has said a ” hugely significant milestone” has been reached for the coronavirus vaccine programme.
Sir Simon Stevens, chief executive of NHS England, talked about the current situation of the vaccine program and said 19 out of 20 over the 50s had now received the first jab. Totally,32 million first jabs have been delivered. Also, more than seven million seven doses have been applied. Vaccines are now offered to the over 40s.
Boris Johnson said: “We have now passed another hugely significant milestone in our vaccine programme by offering jabs to everyone in the nine highest risk groups. That means more than 32 million people have been given the precious protection vaccines provide against Covid 19.”
“I want to thank everyone involved in the vaccine rollout which has already saved many thousands of lives. We will now move forward with completing essential second doses and making progress towards our target of offering all adults a vaccine by the end of July.”
NHS chief executive Sir Simon Stevens said: “Thanks to our NHS nurses, doctors, pharmacists, operational managers and thousands of other staff and volunteers, the NHS Covid vaccination programme is without a doubt the most successful in our history.”
Chris Hopson, chief executive of NHS Provider, which represents NHS Trusts, added: “While there is still a way to go with our vaccination programme, we welcome the progress being made, with the jabs due to be rolled out to the over 40s this week and all priority groups now offered a first dose.”