20 million Britons receive first dose of coronavirus vaccine

20 million Britons receive first dose of COVID-19 vaccine

The UK government announced that they have administered the first dose of the coronavirus vaccine to over 20 million of its residents.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said in a video uploaded on his Twitter that it was a “magnificent achievement for the country.” He also expressed his delight that more than 20 million people in the UK have now been vaccinated. 

“I want to thank every single person who’s come forward to get the jab because we know with increasing confidence that the jab protects you,” he said. “It protects your community and it also is the route out of this for all of us.”

Nadhim Zahawi, the country’s vaccines minister also posted on Twitter: “Bingo! One score over 20,000,000 people have had the vaccination (1st dose). What an achievement for February 2021. What a team! Proud to be with you on this journey.”

The coronavirus vaccination shots are being administered all across the UK in more than 1,500 sites. These include mosques, rugby grounds, and museums. To comply with social distancing and other health and safety protocols, appointments for the shots are staggered. The government also asked people to arrive early to avoid creating long lines.

(Source – The Guardian)

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