| 17 May 2021, Monday | النسخة العربية

All over-50s and high risk groups offered first dose in UK

UK government has announced that all over-50s and those in high-risk groups in the UK have now been offered a first dose of a coronavirus vaccine.

This means ministers have met their target of offering a first dose to the top nine priority groups by 15 April.

The government said it was on track to offer a first dose to all adults by the end of July, with those in their late 40s expected to be next in England.

More than 32 million people in the UK have had their first dose.

And on Saturday a record 475,230 second doses were given out, with more than 7.6 million people now fully vaccinated.

Under-50s in Northern Ireland have already been asked to book appointments, and more people in the age group in other parts of the UK are now set to get their invitations.

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UK sets new record for Covid jab second doses.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson described the news the vaccination target had been reached as “another hugely significant milestone in our vaccine programme”.

“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.”

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said: “I’m delighted the team have done such an amazing job to hit yet another target early.”

“The tide of this pandemic is turning in every part of the UK, as every day more and more people are being given the safety of a Covid-19 vaccine.”