- Alex has welcomed the latest figures showing 35 per cent of people in Brentwood and Ongar have now received a vaccine
- In total, more than 19.3 million doses have been administered to over 18.6 million people across the United Kingdom – equivalent to 1 in 3 adults.
- The vaccine programme is averaging more than 2.5 million doses a week, with new targets to offer the vaccine to everyone in the top nine priority groups by 15 April, and the rest of the adult population by the end of July
Alex has welcomed the Government’s Vaccines Delivery Plan – the biggest vaccination programme in British history – that sets ambitious targets as the government continues to ramp up its vaccine rollout.
Already in Brentwood and Ongar, 35 per cent of the population have received a vaccine – and with the programme averaging more than 2.5 million doses a week, the Prime Minister is aiming to have offered every adult a vaccine by the end of July.
The United Kingdom is leading the way with its vaccination programme. So far, more than 18.6 million people have received a vaccine – equivalent to 1 in 3 adults. This is the third highest per capita, behind only the UAE and Israel. In addition, only two countries have administered more doses than the United Kingdom – China and the USA.
Everyone in the top four priority groups has now been offered a vaccine, as invites are now going out those in priority groups 5 to 9. The latest figures now show that two thirds of those aged 65 to 69 have now been vaccinated.
Alex has also welcomed the Prime Minister’s roadmap to take cautious and irreversible steps out of lockdown, which will be guided by the data and not dates.
Commenting, Alex Burghart MP said:
The NHS vaccination programme, the biggest in our country’s history, has been a tremendous success story and showcases the very best of collaboration across the entire United Kingdom. It’s great to see that so many people in my constituency have received the vaccine as we lead the world in our fight back against coronavirus.
I would like to thank everyone involved in this enormous effort, without whom, this would not be possible."
Notes to Editors
- Delivering more than 19.3 million vaccines so far, to over 18.6 million people, as we lead the world with our programme. 1 in 3 adults have now received a vaccine. In England, everyone in the top four priority groups have now been offered a vaccine, and we have now vaccinated two thirds of people aged between 65 and 69, after invites went out last week, with people aged 64 set to be called forward this week. We are also leading the world with our Vaccines Delivery Plan – only two countries – the United States and China – have vaccinated more people than the UK (NHS, News story, 21 February 2021, link DHSC, Press release, 15 February 2021, link; Our World In Data, 26 February 2021, link ; Coronavirus, Data, 26 February 2021, link).
- Securing access to over 400 million vaccine doses through agreements with seven separate vaccine developers – giving the UK the best shot of having early access to a vaccine when one is found to be safe and effective. This includes 100 million doses of the University of Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine, 40 million doses of the BioNTech/Pfizer vaccine, 7 million doses of the Moderna vaccine, 60 million doses of the Novavax vaccine, 100 million doses of the Valneva vaccine, 60 million doses of the GSK/Sanofi Pasteur vaccine and 30 million doses of the Janssen vaccine (BEIS, Government Response, 16 November 2020, link; DHSC, Oral statement to Parliament, 2 February 2021, link).
- Investing more than £230 million into manufacturing any successful vaccine. An enormous amount of planning and preparation has also taken place across Government to be able to quickly roll out a vaccine, including ensuring we have adequate provision, transport, PPE and logistical expertise to do so (BEIS, Government Response, 16 November 2020, link).