The Government has confirmed that 4 million people have already received the first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine, which includes half of those aged 80 or over. A number of new vaccination centres have also been set up around the country as the next wave of vaccinations will include those who are aged 70 and over.
Matt Hancock, the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, said in a statement:
“This is the biggest medical deployment in British history and it’s one of the biggest civilian operations that this country’s ever undertaken. We’re on track to deliver our plan to vaccinate the most vulnerable groups by the middle of February, the groups that account for 88% of COVID deaths. Our approach is, of course, to save as many lives as possible – as quickly as possible and to reduce the pressure on the NHS.”