More than 7.6 million vaccines have now been administered so far across the United Kingdom, including 330,000 across Wirral, Cheshire and Merseyside.
In spite of the media coverage of the problems in the EU, the UK is leading the global fightback against coronavirus with our vaccine programme. Only two countries – the United States and China – have vaccinated more people than the UK.
We are opening up new vaccination sites every day as part of our Vaccine Delivery Plan to ensure every community is within 10 miles of a vaccination centre. Vaccinations are already available from more than 1,000 GP-led services, over 200 hospitals and a growing network of large-scale NHS Vaccination Centres.
A further 33 vaccine centres have started delivering vaccinations this week, as we continue to accelerate the biggest immunisation programme in the history of our health service. This means there will now be a network of 50 large scale centres, capable of jabbing thousands of people a week across the country.
Earlier this week, Wirral Council was given £375,000 to help deliver more vaccinations by contacting older residents and disabled people who, according to the latest evidence, are more likely to suffer long-term impacts and poor outcomes from COVID-19.
The funding will also support work to tackle misinformation and encourage take-up as the vaccination programme expands across the country.
There have been reports of potential delays to the delivery of vaccines to the UK to increase supply in the EU.
We are in constant communication with vaccine suppliers and we remain confident that the supply of vaccines to the UK will not be disrupted. We are still on track to meet our target of offering a first vaccine dose to every person in the top four priority groups by mid-February.
We are rapidly expanding the rollout in the weeks ahead and the deals we have in place with seven vaccine developers will our we have the supply to meet this expansion.
Today we have announced that new large-scale coronavirus vaccine manufacturing will begin in Scotland, securing millions of vaccine doses for our country and supporting hundreds of highly skilled jobs in Scotland.
Through our Vaccines Taskforce, the UK has secured early access to 367 million doses of seven of the most promising vaccines so far – including 60 million of Valneva’s promising vaccine if it proves to be safe, effective and suitable in its clinical trials this year.
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Remember, the vaccine is provided free of charge to UK citizens by the NHS. You will never be asked to pay or supply bank details for your vaccination. If you are, it's a scam.