Over 10 million people in the United Kingdom have received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, according to the latest official figures from the government published on Feb. 3.
“We have today passed the milestone of 10 million vaccinations in the United Kingdom, including almost 90% of those aged 75 and over in England and every eligible person in a care home,” Prime Minister Boris Johnson said at a news conference.
According to official figures, the National Health Service has vaccinated a total of 10,021,471 million people between Dec. 8 to Feb. 2, which is about 15% of the population.
The figures also showed that 498,962 people have received the second dose.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock hailed the vaccinations as a “hugely significant milestone in our national effort against this virus.”
“Vaccines are the way out of this pandemic. The unprecedented national effort we have seen right across the United Kingdom means the majority of our most vulnerable people are now inoculated against this awful disease,” Hancock said.
The figures came as a new study found that the vaccine developed by AstraZeneca-Oxford significantly reduces the transmission of COVID-19, which suggests that those who have received this vaccine cannot infect others.
“Every jab makes us all a bit safer,” Hancock said.
Through the government’s Vaccines Taskforce, the UK has secured 407 million doses from seven COVID-19 vaccine manufacturers, including Pfizer-BioNTech, AstraZeneca-Oxford, and Moderna.
“The vaccination program continues to expand, with thousands of vaccination centers open… to provide easy access to those eligible, regardless of where they live,” the government said in a statement.
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