15million Brits get coronavirus vaccine as Boris Johnson plans end of lockdown

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The UK has now given 15million people at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine.

Figures on Sunday show the Government's target of offering a Covid-19 jab to the four highest priority groups by Monday has been beaten.

The milestone is key to the lockdown exit strategy for England, which is due to be unveiled by Boris Johnson on February 22.

The Prime Minister had pledged last month to offer jabs to everyone in the four groups, which includes the over-70s, care home residents and staff, frontline health and care workers and the clinically extremely vulnerable.

Vaccines Minister Nadhim Zahawi tweeted: "Amazing team.

"We will not rest till we offer the vaccine to the whole of phase1 the 1-9 categories of the most vulnerable & all over 50s by end April and then all adults."

Mr Johnson is set to announce schools will reopen on March 8 in the first easing of lockdown.

Foreign minister Dominic Raab had said he was confident the vaccination target would be met.

But he said it was too soon yet to discuss when restrictions could be lifted.

He told Times Radio: “We share all of the ambition and the desire to get out of this lockdown, we want to do it responsibly and safely and therefore it’s got to be based on the evidence."

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