Some 15 million people, or 22 per cent of the United Kingdom population, have received their first shot or were offered one.
The figure includes most people in the government’s top four priority groups, including everyone over 75, frontline healthcare workers and nursing home staff.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has lauded a “significant milestone” as data showed 15 million first doses of COVID-19 vaccinations had been delivered, fuelling calls for the government to start relaxing far-reaching lockdown measures.
“15 million! Amazing team,″ Nadhim Zahawi, the vaccines minister, said in a tweet that featured a red heart. “We will not rest till we offer the vaccine to the whole of phase1 the 1-9 categories of the most vulnerable & all over 50s by end April and then all adults.″
The number of new infections, hospital admissions and deaths recorded over the past seven days has all dropped by more than 20% from the previous week, according to government figures.