Coronavirus vaccine: 137,000 people in UK get COVID jab in first week

More than 137,000 people have received a coronavirus vaccine in the UK, it has been announced.

Nadhim Zahawi, the minister responsible for the jab’s deployment, tweeted that it was a “really good start”.

In seven days, he said the number of doses administered were:

  • 108,000 in England
  • 7,897 in Wales
  • 4,000 in Northern Ireland
  • 18,000 in Scotland

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Mr Zahawi confirmed there had been 137,897 vaccinations given across the UK so far.

“That number will increase as we have operationalised hundreds of PCN (primary care networks),” he added – referencing the rollout due to begin in GPs’ surgeries and the promise it will follow in care homes before Christmas.

The government has faced calls to be more open about the data when it comes to coronavirus vaccines – for example by publishing how many have been given and where on a rolling daily basis, like it does with cases and deaths.

Ministers said it was taking time to collate all the information and verify its accuracy.

Wednesday’s announcement was the first time specific numbers were revealed – instead of the assurance that “tens of thousands” of jabs had been administered.

The first person in Britain to get a coronavirus jab outside a clinical trial was 90-year-old Margaret Keenan.

The grandmother-of-four received it at Coventry’s University Hospital at 6.31am last Tuesday.

Since then, many others have had the vaccine, including the second patient and first man to receive it in Britain, William Shakespeare, and celebrity chef Prue Leith.

A priority list has been drawn to determine which people are eligible to receive the vaccine in what order – mostly based on age and increased risk of suffering seriously from catching the virus.

It is as follows:

1 – Residents in a care home for older adults and their carers
2 – All those aged 80 and over, as well as frontline health and social care workers
3 – All those aged 75 and over
4 – All those aged 70 and over, as well as clinically extremely vulnerable individuals
5 – All those aged 65 and over
6 – All individuals aged 16-64 with underlying health conditions which put them at higher risk of serious disease and mortality
7 – All those aged 60 and over
8 – All those aged 55 and over
9 – All those aged 50 and over

Two groups will not receive the vaccine:

1 – Pregnant women
2 – Most children under 16

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