Large numbers in younger age groups have also been receiving their first dose, with more than one in very 100 people aged below 49 being given their first jab in the South West, South East, North West and North East and Yorkshire.
All of the doses given so far have been for the Government’s first set of priority groups – a total of 32m people that includes everyone over the age of 50 as well as all frontline workers and people with underlying conditions that make them highly vulnerable Covid-19.
The nine groups are below – and it is the people within the first four groups, comprising 15m people, that the Government is aiming to offer doses to by mid-February:
- Residents in a care home for older adults and staff working in care homes for older adults
- All those 80 years of age and over and frontline health and social care workers
- All those 75 years of age and over
- All those 70 years of age and over and clinically extremely vulnerable individuals (not including pregnant women and those under 16 years of age)
- All those 65 years of age and over
- Adults aged 16 to 65 years in an at-risk group
- All those 60 years of age and over
- All those 55 years of age and over
- All those 50 years of age and over
Mr Hancock said at the press conference on Monday that two fifths of over 80s have received their first dose of the vaccine, and almost a quarter of older care home residents have received theirs.
The figures now being published have only just begun to include the rollout of the now-approved Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine, which began on Monday, January 4 and is expected to take place at a faster pace than previous vaccinations.
Before then the NHS had only been administering the Pfizer and BioNTech vaccine, which was first given patients on December 9 but is more expensive and harder to distribute logistically than the Oxford vaccine.
In terms of everyone else’s first dose, the Health Secretary has said every adult in the UK will be offered a coronavirus vaccine by the autumn.
How this compares globally
If the rollout of vaccine doses in the UK does in fact accelerate this week, this may boost the country even further up the international rankings of vaccinations, where it already stands relatively strong.
So far the UK is ranked 4th in the world, according to statistics compiled by Our World in Data, a team of statistical researchers based in Oxford.