Up to 350,000 people have now had their first dose of the coronavirus vaccine in the UK.
The latest figure was revealed in the Downing Street press conference earlier and means the number has more than doubled since the figures were last updated.
Vulnerable people started being vaccinated in the UK from December 8 and, on December 16, the Government announced 138,000 people had been vaccinated in the first week.
This figure has now risen to 350,000 in just a few more days, according to the Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
He revealed the latest numbers while urging people to sign up to get the jab, if they are contacted.
Mr Johnson said: ‘We are working closely with the devolved administrations to protect people in every part of the UK.
‘And of course, there is now real real hope that we will soon be rid of this virus. And that prospect is growing with every day that passes and every vaccine dose that is administered.
‘As you know, the UK was the first country in the Western world to start using a clinically approved vaccine and so please, if the NHS contacts you, then get your vaccine and join the 350,000 people across the UK who have already had their first dose.’
Two doses of the vaccine are required in order for the recipient to gain immunity to Covid-19. Those who got the jab first will be ready for their second dose in early January.
The vaccine is expected to work even on the new mutant strain of coronavirus which has been found to be up to 70% more infectious.
Speaking about the new variant, the UK’s chief scientific officer Sir Patrick Vallance said: ‘There are theoretical reasons to suspect that some of the changes might alter some of the immune response, but there is nothing that has been seen to suggest that’s the case, and our working assumption at the moment from all of the scientists is that the vaccine response should be adequate for this virus.
‘That obviously needs to be looked going forward and we need to keep vigilant about this.’
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