All over-50s and high risk groups offered first dose of a vaccine

All over-50s and those in high-risk groups in the UK have now been offered a first dose of a coronavirus vaccine, the government has announced.

It means ministers have met their target of offering a first dose to the top nine priority groups by 15 April.

The government said it was on track to offer a first dose to all adults by the end of July, with those in their late 40s expected to be next in England.

More than 32 million people in the UK have had their first dose.

And on Saturday a record 475,230 second doses were given out, with more than 7.6 million people now fully vaccinated.

Boris Johnson hailed the “hugely significant milestone” in the programme which has seen all of the top nine priority groups, including the clinically vulnerable and health and social care workers, offered a jab three days ahead of the target date of 15 April.

The NHS website now states those aged 45 or over are able to book appointments to join 32 million others in having a vaccine.

Today, the Moderna vaccine becomes the third jab to be rolled out in England.

Professor Adam Finn, member of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation, told Sky News the Moderna rollout is “very reassuring” and “another step along the way to a very comprehensive [vaccine] programme that can protect us all”.

It will be offered to people alongside the Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccines, which were launched in December and January respectively.

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