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Covid vaccine: How many people in the UK have been vaccinated so far? Covid vaccine: How many people in the UK have been vaccinated so far?
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More than 20 million people in the UK have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine - part of the biggest inoculation programme the country has ever launched.More than 20 million people in the UK have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine - part of the biggest inoculation programme the country has ever launched.
In a race against a faster-spreading variant of the virus, ministers have pinned their hopes of easing a third national lockdown on protecting the most vulnerable groups by spring.In a race against a faster-spreading variant of the virus, ministers have pinned their hopes of easing a third national lockdown on protecting the most vulnerable groups by spring.
How is the rollout going?How is the rollout going?
The UK vaccine programme has entered the second part of its first phase after everyone in the first four priority groups - those aged 70 and over, care home residents, healthcare workers and people required to shield - were offered a jab by mid-February.The UK vaccine programme has entered the second part of its first phase after everyone in the first four priority groups - those aged 70 and over, care home residents, healthcare workers and people required to shield - were offered a jab by mid-February.
The rollout is now being expanded to include those aged 60 and above and those with underlying health conditions. The rest of the over-50s will follow, with the government aiming to offer everyone in priority groups five to nine a jab by 15 April.The rollout is now being expanded to include those aged 60 and above and those with underlying health conditions. The rest of the over-50s will follow, with the government aiming to offer everyone in priority groups five to nine a jab by 15 April.
These groups account for 88% of deaths so far.These groups account for 88% of deaths so far.
More than 20 million people so far have had a first vaccine dose - equivalent to more than one in three adults in the UK. Nearly 800,000 have had a second. Almost 21 million people so far have had a first vaccine dose - equivalent to more than one in three adults in the UK. More than 960,000 have had a second.
The number of first doses administered each day had been steadily climbing since December - reaching more than 400,000 a day mid-February.The number of first doses administered each day had been steadily climbing since December - reaching more than 400,000 a day mid-February.
However, the current seven-day average for first doses is about 360,000 doses a day. However, the current seven-day average for first doses is about 330,000 doses a day.
Prof Jonathan Van-Tam, England's deputy chief medical officer, acknowledged there were "supply fluctuations" for the vaccines and said it could take "a few months" for manufacturers to get into a steady routine for production.Prof Jonathan Van-Tam, England's deputy chief medical officer, acknowledged there were "supply fluctuations" for the vaccines and said it could take "a few months" for manufacturers to get into a steady routine for production.
The campaign to reach as many people as quickly as possible was boosted by a shift in policy in early January - to prioritise the first dose of a vaccine, with a second dose up to 12 weeks later, a bigger gap than originally planned.The campaign to reach as many people as quickly as possible was boosted by a shift in policy in early January - to prioritise the first dose of a vaccine, with a second dose up to 12 weeks later, a bigger gap than originally planned.
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The progress made in the UK so far means the country continues to be among those with the highest vaccination rates globally.The progress made in the UK so far means the country continues to be among those with the highest vaccination rates globally.
From spring, the government plans to begin vaccinating the rest of the adult population in age order, another 21 million people.From spring, the government plans to begin vaccinating the rest of the adult population in age order, another 21 million people.
People in their 40s will be next, once the current phase is completed.People in their 40s will be next, once the current phase is completed.
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Is Covid at risk of becoming a disease of the poor?Is Covid at risk of becoming a disease of the poor?
Has the rollout been even across all areas?Has the rollout been even across all areas?
Within England and Wales, there has been some regional variation in the vaccination rollout - but everywhere except Wales and London have now jabbed 95% or more of people aged 70 or above with their first dose. Scotland has done the same. There has been some regional variation in the vaccination rollout and there have also been disparities between ethnic groups and poorer and wealthier areas.
Equivalent age-related data for Northern Ireland is not yet available. Analysis of NHS records by the OpenSAFELY group - a collaboration between Oxford University and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine - shows that black people were the least likely to have received a vaccine among three of the older age groups.
There have also been disparities between ethnic groups and poorer and wealthier areas.
Analysis of NHS records by the OpenSAFELY group - a collaboration between Oxford University and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine - shows that black people were the least likely to have received a vaccine among those aged 80 and over, while white people were the most likely.
The study was based on more than 20 million patient records in England and covers people not living in care homes. Areas of London are under-represented in the data.The study was based on more than 20 million patient records in England and covers people not living in care homes. Areas of London are under-represented in the data.
In addition, 85% of those aged 80 and over in the poorest areas had been given the vaccine by 11 February compared with 94% in the most affluent areas. In addition, 89% of those aged 80 and over in the poorest areas had been given a vaccine by 24 February compared with 96% in the most affluent areas.
Are the vaccines having an impact?Are the vaccines having an impact?
When looking for evidence for whether the campaign is working, data for England shows coronavirus numbers are falling faster for vaccinated groups compared with unvaccinated groups.When looking for evidence for whether the campaign is working, data for England shows coronavirus numbers are falling faster for vaccinated groups compared with unvaccinated groups.
This suggests that the vaccine is starting to push numbers down, instead of as a result other factors like the lockdown. This suggests that the vaccine is starting to push numbers down, instead of as a result other factors, like the lockdown.
On average, deaths of over-80s fell by 55% between 6-20 February, compared with 46% for under-80s. On average, deaths of over-65s fell by 59% between 12-26 February, compared with 52% for under-65s.
Coronavirus hospital admissions are also falling faster for older age groups.Coronavirus hospital admissions are also falling faster for older age groups.
We would expect this effect to become stronger over time - but this might take several weeks, and significant population coverage.We would expect this effect to become stronger over time - but this might take several weeks, and significant population coverage.
Vaccines cut risk of serious illness by 80% in over-80sVaccines cut risk of serious illness by 80% in over-80s
Where are the vaccines coming from?Where are the vaccines coming from?
The UK is currently receiving doses of two vaccines approved by the medicine regulator.The UK is currently receiving doses of two vaccines approved by the medicine regulator.
The Pfizer-BioNTech jab - the first to be given the green light in December - is being imported from Puurs, Belgium.The Pfizer-BioNTech jab - the first to be given the green light in December - is being imported from Puurs, Belgium.
A second vaccine, from Oxford University and AstraZeneca, is being made in Britain by two biotech companies: Oxford BioMedica, based in Oxford; and Cobra Biologics, based at Keele Science Park, Staffs.A second vaccine, from Oxford University and AstraZeneca, is being made in Britain by two biotech companies: Oxford BioMedica, based in Oxford; and Cobra Biologics, based at Keele Science Park, Staffs.
Another company, Wockhardt, based in Wrexham, fills the vials and packages them for use.Another company, Wockhardt, based in Wrexham, fills the vials and packages them for use.
Supplies of a third vaccine to be approved, made by US company Moderna, will come from Europe but are not expected to be available until later next month.Supplies of a third vaccine to be approved, made by US company Moderna, will come from Europe but are not expected to be available until later next month.
The UK is also lined up to receive at least three other vaccines if they are approved for use.The UK is also lined up to receive at least three other vaccines if they are approved for use.
A jab manufactured by US firm Novavax will be made in Stockton-on-Tees in north-east England, while another by French company Valneva will be made in Livingston, West Lothian, Scotland.A jab manufactured by US firm Novavax will be made in Stockton-on-Tees in north-east England, while another by French company Valneva will be made in Livingston, West Lothian, Scotland.
The third, by Belgian firm Janssen, owned by Johnson & Johnson, should also be available later this year.The third, by Belgian firm Janssen, owned by Johnson & Johnson, should also be available later this year.
How will people be vaccinated?How will people be vaccinated?
People will be vaccinated in three main ways, at:People will be vaccinated in three main ways, at:
Local GP practices and community pharmaciesLocal GP practices and community pharmacies
Hospital hubsHospital hubs
Major vaccination sites across the countryMajor vaccination sites across the country
The government has urged the public to "play their part" in supporting "the largest vaccination programme in British history", including helping people attend their appointments.The government has urged the public to "play their part" in supporting "the largest vaccination programme in British history", including helping people attend their appointments.
Is there enough vaccine?Is there enough vaccine?
The UK has ordered more than 400 million doses of seven of the most promising vaccines.The UK has ordered more than 400 million doses of seven of the most promising vaccines.
Three have so far been approved for use: Oxford-AstraZeneca; Pfizer-BioNTech; and Moderna.Three have so far been approved for use: Oxford-AstraZeneca; Pfizer-BioNTech; and Moderna.
The UK government has also announced an eighth deal with biopharmaceutical company CureVac to develop vaccines against future variants.The UK government has also announced an eighth deal with biopharmaceutical company CureVac to develop vaccines against future variants.
It has placed an initial order for 50 million doses to be delivered later this year - if they are required.It has placed an initial order for 50 million doses to be delivered later this year - if they are required.
But there have been a number of challenges in what is called the vaccine "supply chain" - the logistics of how the jab gets from manufacturers to people.But there have been a number of challenges in what is called the vaccine "supply chain" - the logistics of how the jab gets from manufacturers to people.
Getting enough supplies, checking those supplies are up to scratch and transporting vaccines according to their requirements have all thrown up difficulties.Getting enough supplies, checking those supplies are up to scratch and transporting vaccines according to their requirements have all thrown up difficulties.
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