Nearly 11.5m get first Covid jabs and over 500,000 second doses in the UK – The Guardian

Almost 11.5 million people have now had their first dose of a coronavirus vaccine in the UK, with more than 500,000 now fully vaccinated after receiving a second dose, the latest government data shows.

The figures mark an increase of 494,163 first doses since the data was released on Friday, and means that 17.2% of the UK population have now received their first vaccination.

About 510,057 second doses have now been administered, an increase of 4,064 on figures released the previous day.

Based on the latest figures, an average of 392,754 first doses of vaccine would be needed each day in order to meet the government’s target of 15 million first doses by 15 February.

It comes as a further 828 people are recorded to have died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19, bringing the UK’s coronavirus death toll to 112,092.

As of 9am on Saturday, a further 18,262 cases of the virus had been confirmed, taking the UK’s total number of cases to more than 3,929,000. This marks a drop of 5,013 on last week.

In Scotland, authorities confirmed that 10 people died after a large outbreak at a care home in the town of Lochgelly, Fife.

NHS Fife said that 25 residents and 43 members of staff had tested positive in Mossview Care Home.

The care home was temporarily closed to new admissions during the outbreak, but has now reopened as it has been 14 days since the last positive test, NHS Fife has said. The healthcare provider did not give any details about how the virus entered the care home.

“Sadly, 10 people died after contracting Covid-19 and our thoughts are with their loved ones at this difficult time,” a spokesperson said.

“NHS Fife’s Health Protection Team and the Fife Health and Social Care Partnership worked closely with Fife Council’s Environmental Health Service to support the management of the care home and offer advice to prevent spread of the virus.”