We have secured an additional 60 million vaccine doses for our booster shot programme, which will protect the most vulnerable from new variants and keep us all safe as we build back better.
- Our vaccination programme is bringing back our freedom, but the biggest threat to that progress is the risk posed by a new variant.
- That is why we have secured an additional 60 million doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine to support our booster programme later this year, which will be developed in line with expert advice to ensure that we have the strongest possible protection against new variants of the disease.
- Ensuring that those with the highest clinical need are protected from the disease will keep us all safe and free as we continue to cautiously ease restrictions.
We have administered a total of 49.8 million vaccine doses across the UK, including 15.3 million second doses. Including 95 per cent of those over 50 receiving at least one dose, with one in four adults having received their second dose.
All adults over 50, the clinically vulnerable, and health and social care workers have been offered a life-saving jab – meaning we reached our target for offering a first dose to priority groups 1-9 ahead of schedule.
We are now asking people over the age of 40 to come forward and get their jab. We remain on track to reach all adults by the end of July - around 53 million people.