UK Marks Record-Breaking Week of Vaccines

The UK’s vaccine programme has continued to accelerate rapidly with 7 record breaking days.

On Wednesday December 22, the UK recorded 932,501 first, second, third and top up jabs, following 6 previous days that consistently topped the record numbers set earlier in the year for total jabs administered in a single day.

This means that since the PM announced the government would be further ramping up the vaccine rollout, the UK has topped the previous record for daily vaccine totals set on March 20 21 of 844,285 over 7 consecutive days.

The booster programme in the UK has now breached the 31 million mark. Specifically, over the last week, the booster programme has also seen daily records, with week on week increases:

  • 840,038 on Wednesday 22 (745,183 on Wednesday 15)
  • 968,665 on Tuesday 21 (656,711 on Tuesday 14)
  • 897,979 on Monday 20 (513,722 on Monday 13)
  • 846,466 on Sunday 19 (397,532 on Sunday 12)
  • 940,606 on Saturday 18 (550,253 on Saturday 11)
  • 852,521 on Friday 17 (428,961 on Friday 10)
  • 861,306 on Thursday 16 (469,479 on Thursday 9)

The UK’s booster programme continues to be one the largest in the world – with one of the highest doses of people vaccinated per 100 people.

Secretary of State Sajid Javid said: “It is testament to the wonderful NHS and its tireless frontline workers and supportive volunteers that the vaccine programme has stepped up so rapidly.

“The record-breaking days are extremely encouraging – especially with increases in first and second jabs – but we still need all those eligible to come forward as soon as possible.

“The booster jab in particular is vital to top up protection against Omicron, to keep not only yourself safe, but also you family and your community. Please do not delay and Get Boosted Now.”

More vaccine centres have opened across the country – including in shopping centres, football stadiums, and pop-ups such as vaccine buses.

NHS England has also launched a recruitment drive for 10,000 new vaccinators, administration staff, healthcare support workers and volunteers to join the national vaccination mission.

Vaccines Minister Maggie Throup said: “The numbers continue to be extremely impressive – but we still need more to come forward for that life-saving booster jab.

“Getting your jab has never been easier with thousands of vaccine sites across the country and over 18s can now book online.

“Get Boosted Now.”

Anyone eligible to book a jab – which can be booked a month in advance – should go to www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/book-coronavirus-vaccination/.

 

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