England passes 50 MILLION Covid jabs milestone

England passes 50 MILLION Covid jabs milestone: NHS has given out 31.5m doses of first and 18.7m of second vaccine – as people aged 32 and 33 can now apply for their inoculation

  • Over 50mil Covid vaccinations took place in England between Dec 8 and May 21
  • Figure includes first and second doses – a rise of 563,468 on the previous day
  • NHS England said 31.5m were handed out as a first dose and 18.7m were second
  • The healthcare provider’s Dr Emily Lawson hailed the milestone as ‘outstanding’

More than 50million Covid-19 vaccination doses have now been given in England, latest figures show.

A total of 50,246,402 Covid-19 vaccinations took place in England between December 8 and May 21, according to NHS England data, including first and second doses, which is a rise of 563,468 on the previous day.

NHS England said 31,546,846 were handed out as a first dose, a rise of 192,008 on the previous day, while 18,699,556 were a second dose – an increase of 371,460.

The healthcare provider’s lead for the NHS Covid vaccination programme, Dr Emily Lawson, hailed the milestone as ‘outstanding’ and praised NHS teams, local partners and volunteers.

It comes as Londoners in six boroughs are checked for the Indian coronavirus variant amid a surge-testing blitz in the capital city.

More than 50million Covid-19 vaccination doses have now been given in England, latest figures show (pictured: James Forster from Hexham receives the Pfizer vaccine on May 13)

A total of 50,246,402 Covid-19 vaccinations took place in England between December 8 and May 21, according to NHS England data (a lengthy queue is pictured above for a mass vaccination centre in Plymouth)

Dr Lawson said: ‘Today the biggest NHS vaccination programme in history hit another outstanding milestone, with more than 50million life-saving jabs being administered across the country in six months, and the roll out continuing at pace with tens of thousands of 34 and 35 year olds quick to act on their invites this week, ahead of the next age groups able to book today.

‘This success is the result of the tireless efforts of NHS teams, alongside local partners and volunteers, who are determined to protect their patients, families and communities. 

‘Despite this we must take nothing for granted so if you are invited please book your appointment – and along with millions of others get vital protection against coronavirus.’

Meanwhile, NHS Test and Trace has extended additional testing and genomic sequencing to targeted settings in Harrow, Ealing, Hillingdon and Brent in west London from today, following the identification of the B1617.2 strain.

Hackney and Hounslow were also previously added to the boroughs offered surge testing and vaccinations following a rise in the Indian and South African variants.

It comes as a new ‘triple mutant’ strain emerges in Yorkshire with 49 cases identified, although there is no evidence to suggest the strain is resistant to vaccines or more transmissible, according to health chiefs. 

The healthcare provider’s lead for the NHS Covid vaccination programme, Dr Emily Lawson, hailed the milestone as ‘outstanding’ and praised NHS teams, local partners and volunteers (file photo of AstraZeneca vaccine vials)

It comes as a programme to test sewage to assess the prevalence of different Covid-19 variants in different regions now covers two thirds of England’s population, the Government has said. 

The scheme tests samples of wastewater for traces of the virus, and positive samples are genome sequenced to identify whether it is a variant of concern, such as the India strain.

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) said the programme had helped identify the need for surge testing in areas such as Bristol and Luton.

The programme then continues to monitor sewage after surge testing has ended, to ensure the variant is no longer circulating in the area.

The Environmental Monitoring for Health Protection (EMHP) Programme is led by the Joint Biosecurity Centre (JBC) and is part of the newly-formed UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA).

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