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People urged to take up offer of vaccine as UK approaches 15 million target

People urged to take up offer of vaccine as UK approaches 15 million target

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has urged eligible people to take up their offer of a Coronavirus vaccine.

It comes as around one in four UK adults have received a first dose of a vaccine against COVID-19. 

The Government is aiming to vaccinate almost 15 million of the most vulnerable people by 15 February, and according to the latest figures, 13,058,298 people in the UK have been given a first vaccine dose.

Speaking during a Downing Street briefing on Wednesday evening, Mr Johnson said;

"With less than a week to go until the target date of Monday 15th, there is no doubt that we have made great strides, with just over 13 million people now vaccinated in our United Kingdom"

Urging people to get vaccinated, the Prime Minister said;

"There are people across the country who for one reason or another haven’t yet taken up their offer.

"So now is the moment to do it, wherever you are – you won’t be more than about 10 miles away from a vaccination centre.

"So, go online, or get someone to help you or simply pick up the phone and call 119."

On Wednesday, the World Health Organization recommended the use of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine for all adults around and said the vaccine can be used in people aged over 65, despite some countries advising against its use for older age groups.

People who are eligible to do so can book a vaccination appointment on the NHS website.

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