MORE than ten million Brits have now received their first Covid vaccine as Boris Johnson hailed the “fantastic” milestone today.
A total of 10,021,471 have now been given their first jab, while another 498,962 have been given their second.
It means a total of 374,756 first doses of the vaccine were given out yesterday, along with 2,166 second doses.
Around 90 per cent of people aged 75 and over in England have now received at least one jab as well as every eligible resident in care homes.
Speaking at today’s Downing Street press conference, the PM said: “We have today passed the milestone of 10 million vaccinations in the United Kingdom.
“Even if these vaccines cannot make us invulnerable… the evidence increasingly shows our vaccines achieve this crucial objective to reduce death and serious illness from those major strains of Covid that have been subject to research.”
Yesterday, the total number of vaccines given across the UK stood at 10,143,511 – but this included first and second doses.
The number of first doses dished out alone still stood under the 10million mark (9,646,715) – a rise of 350,348 on the previous day’s total.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock tweeted this afternoon: “10 MILLION people have now received their first dose of the COVID vaccine.
“This is a hugely significant milestone in our national effort against this virus.”
Mr Hancock added that “every jab makes us all a bit safer” as he thanked everyone for “playing their part”.
Almost a million Brits were injected at the weekend, with more than 9.2 million overall now receiving at least one dose.
Nearly nine in 10 over-80s and half of over-70s have had their first jab, with the government on target to offer vaccines to all over-70s by February 15.
All older care home residents and staff have been offered a jab, with Mr Hancock praising Britain’s “incredible” vaccine rollout.