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Number of second doses administered hits 2.5 million milestone

More than 2.5 million people have now received their second dose in England, as the NHS continued its rapid vaccination rollout.

Of those who have received their second vaccine jab, more than one third were carried out over the past week, with more than 900,000 people across the country returning to receive their top-up dose.

This represented around twice as many as were completed the week before.

Ahead of the government target of offering all priority groups their first vaccine by April 15, 2021, the NHS’ focus is on ensuring everyone in the most at-risk cohorts has been offered the chance to be vaccinated.

Those aged between 50-69 years of age who are yet to receive their first vaccine jab.

Three in every four 50-54-year olds have now already received their first dose, up from half the previous week.

Dr Nikki Kanani, GP and NHS Medical Director for Primary Care, said: “The NHS in England has now vaccinated 25 million people which is an unbelievable achievement by NHS staff across the country, who have continued to work at speed.

“At the same time as increasing second doses week on week, the NHS is reaching out to those 50-69-year-olds who haven’t yet taken up the offer to be vaccinated.

“If you are one of those people yet to book a first dose, please come forward and get your life-saving Covid-19 vaccine which will not only protect you but those around you.”

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