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More than 200,000 coronavirus jabs given a day as UK on course to meet vaccination target

Written by on 10 January 2021

More than 200,000 people are getting a COVID-19 jab every day and the government is on course to reach its target of 13 million people vaccinated by mid-February, Matt Hancock has told Sky News.

But speaking on Sophy Ridge On Sunday, the health secretary said the current pressure on the NHS was “very, very bad” and repeated the need for people to follow lockdown rules and stay at home, warning “we can’t let up” just because coronavirus injections are being rolled out.

He “absolutely” backed the police in strictly enforcing the COVID-19 restrictions after two women were fined for driving five miles for a country walk, warning that “every flex can be fatal”.

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He told Ridge the government was set to meet its goal of vaccinating the over-70s and the most vulnerable by the middle of next month.

Mr Hancock said: “Yes we’re on course. The rate limiting factor at the moment is supply but that’s increasing.

“I’m very glad to say that at the moment we’re running at over 200,000 people being vaccinated every day.

“We’ve now vaccinated around one third of the over-80s in this country so we’re making significant progress but there’s still further expansion to go.

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“This week we’re opening mass vaccination centres. Big sites for instance at Epsom racecourse, there’s seven going live this week with more to come next week where we will get through very large numbers of people.”

He also said every adult will be offered the vaccine by the autumn.