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PM | Every adult in UK to be offered Covid vaccine by end of July

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has pledged that every adult in the UK will receive their first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine by the end of July this year. It comes as it was revealed on Sunday afternoon that over 17.5 million people across the four nations had received their first vaccine, equating to one in three of the adult population.

Commenting on the massive milestone, the Prime Minister committed to see efforts intensified in the weeks ahead:

“More than 17.5 million people have now had their first dose; that's more than one in three adults in the UK.

“I want to see the rollout go further and faster in the coming weeks, so we are now aiming to offer a jab to every adult by the end of July.”

UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock paid tribute to those involved in the massive vaccine roll-out over the last two months, stating:

“I'm delighted that one in three adults have now had their first COVID vaccine.

“We're making great progress in our national effort to protect our country from this virus.

“I want to pay tribute to the team - the NHS, armed forces, councils, volunteers and everyone else involved.”

One of the Northern Trust’s vaccination teams in a local vaccination centre

Locally here in Northern Ireland, a number of health trusts have been marking their own milestones this week. On Saturday (20 February) the Northern Health and Social Care Trust revealed that 50,000 jabs had been administered in the Trust area.

Commenting, a spokesperson for the Northern Trust said:

“Today we reached a significant milestone. We have now vaccinated 50,000 people in the Northern Trust area since the vaccination programme commenced in December. Our fantastic staff will continue to deliver the programme to help protect as many people as possible from COVID-19.”

The Belfast Trust marked the 50,000 vaccine milestone on Friday (19 February). An Assistant Editor on BBC Radio Ulster’s Talkback programme, Colette Maguire, was the 50,000th person to receive the vaccine in the Trust area.

As Northern Ireland reached half a million people vaccinated, those who have already received their jab have praised staff involved for their professionalism, efficiency and friendliness.

Up until Saturday 20 February, 446,009 first doses, and 30,807 second doses of the vaccine had been administered across the province.