Take-up of the coronavirus vaccines has been higher than expected, with over 12 million people now having received a first dose.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock praised the vaccine roll-out today, saying that he thought there would have been take-up of around 75%.
In fact, the vaccine has been more popular than this, with 91% of over-80s taking up their first dose.
Mr Hancock said: ‘It’s now two months to the day since Margaret Keenan got her first jab, the first person in the world to be vaccinated with a clinically authorised vaccine for coronavirus.
‘We have now, as of today, vaccinated more than 12.2 million people. That’s almost one in four of all adults across the UK.
‘Take-up of the vaccine so far has been significantly better than we hoped for. Based on the work we’d done before the vaccination programme started and looking at the surveys, we knew that the UK had one of the most positive attitudes to vaccine uptake but even so, we thought we’d get take-up of around 75%.
‘I’m really pleased to be able to tell you that as of midnight last nights, among the over-80s, we’ve now given a first dose to 91%.
‘Among those aged between 75 and 79, it’s 95%, and it’s almost three quarters for those aged between 70 and 74, who were the most recent group to be invited.’
He said that the government had changed its policy for those over 70, who were now encouraged to contact the NHS themselves to arrange their jab.
Mr Hancock said: ‘Until now we’ve said “please wait for the NHS to contact you”. But now that message is changing. I
‘If you live in England and are 70 and over and have not yet got an appointment to be vaccinated then please contact the NHS. The easiest way to do this is through the national booking service online, at NHS.uk, or if you can’t get online then you can call 119 or you can speak to your local GP practice.’
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