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  • Writer's pictureGethin Thomas

5.8 Million and Counting

Originally published on Photoblog by Gethin Thomas JANUARY. 23, 2021

[175-365] 23rd. January 2021- The British vaccination scheme has now rolled out to smaller local surgeries with the introduction of the Oxford vaccine. This surgery local to me had it's first vaccination day today with a target of 167 people in a day. I was there because a neighbour needed a lift to get there.

How many people in the UK have been given the vaccine so far?

As of 23 January, the number of people in the UK to have been given a first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine is 5,861,351, an increase of 478,248 from the previous day.

As of 23 January, a total 468,617 second doses were administered, an increase of 2,760 on figures released the previous day.

On January 4, Boris Johnson said: "By the middle of February, if things go well and with a fair wind in our sails, we expect to have offered the first vaccine dose to everyone in the four top priority groups identified by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI)."

According to the JCVI, there are an estimated 15 million people in the top four priority groups who, if the government target is met, will be inoculated by 15 February.

(BBC news)

The current rate is 200 vaccinations per minute.

When the first vaccine was introduced back at the beginning of December it was the BioNTech vaccine which needs storage and transportation at -70 degrees centigrade which is a big logistical headache. To solve that problem large vaccine centres with the necessary facilities were set up and ours was about twenty miles away and covers 9 surgeries.

The Oxford vaccine is logistically much easier to store and transport, so that has now been rolled out to local GP surgeries. Only the most vulnerable groups are currently being vaccinated. The majority of those over 80 years of age are now vaccinated and the next group of over 70's started this week.

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