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COVID-19: Over 50 million vaccine doses administered in England – Matt Hancock reveals | UK News

More than 50 million doses of the vaccine have been administered in England, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said.

The historic figure, reached on Saturday, showed that 31,546,846 first doses were administered, alongside 18,699,556 second injections.

In a tweet, the Health Secretary said: “Today, more than 50 million COVID-19 vaccines have been delivered to England.

“One of the biggest and most important national efforts in our history.

“Thanks to the whole team who made this possible.”

Dr Emily Lawson, NHS England leader for the NHS Covid vaccination program, said: ‘Today the largest NHS vaccination program in history took another exceptional milestone, with over 50 million life-saving vaccines delivered across the country in six months, and the rollout continues at the rate of tens of thousands of people aged 34 and 35 who respond quickly to their invitations this week, before the next age groups are able to book today.

“This success is the result of the tireless efforts of NHS teams, alongside local partners and volunteers, determined to protect their patients, families and communities.

“Despite this, we shouldn’t take anything for granted, so you are invited, please make an appointment – and along with millions of others, enjoy life-saving protection against the coronavirus.”

Hours before the announcement, the NHS opened appointments for vaccines to people who turn 32 before July 1.

The rollout picked up speed this week, with different age groups able to book daily since Monday, when it was announced that the 37-year-olds could book their shots.

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This notice was published: 2021-05-22 11:58:00