More than 50m Covid vaccine doses given in England





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More than 50m Covid-19 vaccination doses have now been given in England, latest figures show.

A total of 50,246,402 Covid-19 vaccine doses were administered in England between 8 December and 21 May, according to NHS England data, including first and second doses. This is a rise of 563,468 on the previous day.

NHS England said 31,546,846 were the first dose of a vaccine, a rise of 192,008 on the previous day, while 18,699,556 were a second dose, an increase of 371,460.

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On Saturday morning, NHS opened bookings for the first dose of the vaccine to about 1 million people aged 32 and 33 in England.

Matt Hancock, the health secretary, tweeted: “Today over 50 million Covid-19 vaccines have been delivered in England. One of the biggest & most important national efforts in our history. Thank you to the whole team who have made this happen.”

NHS England data shows 6,311,516 jabs were given to people in London between 8 December and 21 May, including 4,071,321 first doses and 2,240,195 second doses.



A worker sets outs a sign for a Covid-19 PCR Surge testing site, and vaccination centre, at the United Reformed Church in Blackburn, northwest England on May 19, 2021. - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Wednesday that Covid-19 vaccines are proving effective against a highly contagious coronavirus variant, first discovered in India, as he was pressed on why the government is allowing travel from hotspots. (Photo by Oli SCARFF / AFP) (Photo by OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images)


A worker sets outs a sign for a Covid-19 PCR Surge testing site, and vaccination centre, at the United Reformed Church in Blackburn, northwest England on May 19, 2021. – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Wednesday that Covid-19 vaccines are proving effective against a highly contagious coronavirus variant, first discovered in India, as he was pressed on why the government is allowing travel from hotspots. (Photo by Oli SCARFF / AFP) (Photo by OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images)

This compares with 5,955,853 first doses and 3,587,345 second doses given to people in the Midlands, a total of 9,543,198. Meanwhile, in the south-west, 3,373,885 first doses and 2,142,074 second doses have been administered.

Surge testing is being introduced to parts of west London after cases of the India variant were detected.

People living and working in specific areas of Harrow, Ealing, Hillingdon and Brent will be advised to take a PCR test even if they do not have symptoms.

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