Boris Johnson's target of 200,000 Covid vaccinations a day is met two days early as frontline staff get Brits jabbedJanuary 13, 2021
BORIS Johnson's target of 200,000 Covid-19 jabs a day has been met two days early.
Government figures released on Wednesday afternoon show that 223,726 jabs were carried out yesterday.
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That is up from up from 165,844 on Monday, which was the first day the daily information was available.
The Prime Minister had pledged to reached the 200,000 figure by Friday as he wants to ease lockdown as quickly and safely as possible.
However, the pressure is now on to continue meeting that target.
The total number of people in the UK who have given their first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine is 2,639,309 million, according to data published on Wednesday.
It is an increase of 207,661 from Tusesday's figures.
In the week between January 3 and 11, the total number of people who were vaccinated across Britain doubled from 1,296,432 to 2,431,648, which suggests an average rate of 162,174 per day.
Mr Johnson also vowed today that vaccines will be delivered 24/7 at injection hubs across the nation "as soon as we can".
The PM told the House of Commons on Wendesday: "We will be going to 24/7 as soon as we can and HS (the Health Secretary) will be setting out more on that in due course.
"At the moment the limit is on supply.
"They are going as he has seen, exceptionally fast. I pay tribute to their work. It's thanks to the work of the NHS and vaccine taskforce we have secured more doses per capita, I think than any other country in the world, certainly in Europe."
Drug companies manufacturing the vaccine say they have enough stock for jabs to be delivered throughout the day and night.
And now a new round-the-clock centre will be trialled to test demand, The Telegraph reports.
It comes as a staggering 35,000 Sun readers have already joined our Jabs Army to beat the coronavirus once and for all by signing up as steward volunteers at NHS vaccination hubs across the UK.
The stewards form a key part of the Covid-19 vaccination team by making sure the centres run smoothly and safely.
So far, 2.8million vaccines have been administered as part of ambitious plans to give out 200,000 doses a day this week.
The aim is to ultimately get 15million jabs into arms by March – which is a huge logistical mission.
That's why Britain's biggest businesses including BT, Morrisons, British Airways, PaddyPower, Sky TV and others have all backed our campaign.
The firms called on their collective 500,000 workers to sign up as volunteers to help the NHS achieve its historic victory over the pandemic.
Celebrities like Bear Grylls, Gordon Ramsay and Bake Off's Matt Lucas have also thrown their support behind the campaign.
You can join the effort to rollout the vaccines too, and you only need to commit to two six-hour shifts a month at a vaccine service.
How to sign up
VOLUNTEERS for the Jabs Army are being asked to first register online at nhsvolunteerresponders.org.uk.
You will then receive an email with login details to sign up online.
Finally, you will be asked to download the GoodSAM app on a smartphone which will match you to a role in your area.
Services will be opening in the coming days and weeks, with different areas up and running at different times, so you might not be required on site for some weeks. Not everyone who signs up will need to be called upon.
You need to commit to only two six-hour shifts a month at a vaccination service, and no prior experience or qualifications are required.
You will work as part of a team that will include NHS staff and volunteers. The Royal Voluntary Service will conduct appropriate background checks.
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