Over 600,000 received jab in England on Friday
A record 636,219 Covid jabs were recorded in England yesterday capping off a bumper week which saw the highest number of doses delivered since the NHS vaccination programme began.
Hard working NHS staff have delivered more than two and a half million doses over the past seven days, figures release today show.
The Prime Minister Boris Johnson was among 535,489 people who received their first dose on Friday when he was given the Oxford Astra Zeneca at St Thomas’s hospital in London, where he was treated when he was critically ill with the virus.
NHS chief executive Sir Simon Stevens had the Oxford Astra Zeneca jab at Westminster Abbey on Thursday when the health service in England hit another major milestone by vaccinating more than half the adult population.
More than 22.8million people have now had at least one jab in little over 100 days since the NHS vaccination programme, the biggest in the health service’s history, began. Another 1.5 million second doses have also been administered.
The figures include 2,761,890 first jabs in the past seven days, around 200,000 more than the previous busiest week.
Doctors, nurses and countless other staff, supported by volunteers and others, are delivering the life-saving jab at more than 1,600 sites ranging from cathedrals, mosques and temples to racecourses, sports stadiums, cinemas and museums.