UK Covid-19 vaccinations: Latest figures
The UK has hit its target of vaccinating 15 million people in the top four priority groups.
Vaccines minister Nadhim Zahawi confirmed the milestone on Sunday afternoon, hours after foreign secretary Dominic Raab said the government was confident it was “on track” to meet its own deadline of offering a jab to all people most at risk by Monday.
Reacting to news of the “significant milestone”, Boris Johnson said the country had “achieved an extraordinary feat”. He added: “It has been a truly national, UK-wide effort. We have done it together.”
Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab has rejected an “arbitrary” demand by lockdown-sceptic Tories for a lifting of all legal restrictions in England by the end of April.
The prime minister has come under pressure from lockdown-sceptic Tories to lift England’s national lockdown restrictions entirely by the end of April.
More than 60 MPs in the Covid Recovery Group (CRG) have written to Mr Johnson, insisting he commit to a firm timetable for ending controls.
However Mr Raab on Sunday rejected their calls for an “arbitrary commitment” to lift all coronavirus restrictions by April, saying it was essential to ensure the disease was first under control.
Latest UK vaccine figures
Government data up to 13 February shows that of the 15,599,904 jabs given in the UK so far, 15,062,189 were first doses – a rise of 505,362 on the previous day.
Some 537,715 were second doses, an increase of 2,846 on figures released the previous day.
Chiara Giordano14 February 2021 16:50
Quarantine ‘loophole’ still exists hours before hotel policy begins
A quarantine “loophole” allowing overseas travellers to avoid self-isolation still exists less than a day before the policy comes into force, Scottish transport secretary Michael Matheson has admitted.
Travellers flying directly into Scotland from outside the UK will have to self-isolate for 10 days in one of six hotels at a cost of £1,750, unless specifically exempt.
But because the UK government will only require hotel quarantining for visitors from a “red list” of 33 countries, travellers can exploit a loophole by entering Scotland via England or Ireland.
Visitors would still have to self-isolate for the 10-day period, but would not have to do so at one of the designated hotels due to a lack of agreement between Scottish and Westminster governments.
With the quarantining policy coming into effect from Monday, Mr Matheson warned the UK government could “potentially undermine the public health approach here in Scotland” and described the situation as “unacceptable”.
Chiara Giordano14 February 2021 16:33
Children’s commissioner calls for universal credit uplift for pandemic to be extended
The children’s commissioner has called for the £20-a-week uplift to universal credit to be extended, saying it “isn’t the time” for families to experience a fall in income.
The increase to weekly payments was introduced last April to provide extra support during the coronavirus pandemic, and is set to end on 31 March.
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Chiara Giordano14 February 2021 16:12
Further 394 Covid cases in Wales
There have been a further 394 cases of coronavirus in Wales, taking the total number of confirmed cases to 199,155.
Public Health Wales reported another 15 deaths, taking the total in the country since the start of the pandemic to 5,121.
Chiara Giordano14 February 2021 15:51
UK has ‘achieved an extraordinary feat’, says PM
Reacting to news of the “significant milestone” as the UK hit its 15 million vaccines target today, Boris Johnson said the country had “achieved an extraordinary feat”.
The prime minister said: “Over two months this country has achieved an extraordinary feat, administering a total of 15 million jabs into the arms of the most vulnerable people in the country.
“It has been a truly national, UK-wide effort. We have done it together.”
Chiara Giordano14 February 2021 15:27
One in four UK adults now vaccinated, says Matt Hancock
Health secretary Matt Hancock said: “I’m so proud of the team – we’ve hit this fantastic milestone in our battle against Covid-19. In less than 10 weeks we’ve jabbed over 15 million people across the UK.
“That’s one in every four adults now starting to receive protection from this dreadful disease.
“This accomplishment is thanks to the incredible efforts of frontline NHS workers, vaccine volunteers, the armed forces and all those working in local and central government. The vaccine rollout shows what our country can achieve working together.
“There is so much more to do and I urge anyone eligible to step forward and take up their appointment. The vaccine is our route to freedom – we will beat this virus jab by jab.”
Chiara Giordano14 February 2021 15:23
NHS chief executive reacts to UK hitting vaccines milestone
In response to news that 15 million people in the UK have now been vaccinated, NHS chief executive Sir Simon Stevens said: “Hitting this milestone just 10 weeks after the NHS made history by delivering the first Covid vaccination outside of a clinical trial is a remarkable shared achievement.
“The NHS vaccination programme is the biggest and fastest in Europe – and in the health service’s history – and that is down to the skill, care, and downright hard work of our fantastic staff, supported by local communities, volunteers and the armed forces.
“On behalf of the whole country it’s right to mark this successful first phase with a huge thank you to everyone involved in this extraordinary team effort.”
Chiara Giordano14 February 2021 14:59
Vaccines minister confirms 15 million people have had first jab, meeting target
The government has hit its vaccine target, with more than 15 million people having now received their first dose in the UK.
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Chiara Giordano14 February 2021 14:35
England’s Covid death toll rises by 301
A further 301 people who tested positive for coronavirus have died in hospital in England, bringing the total number of confirmed deaths reported in hospitals to 78,889, NHS England has confirmed.
Patients were aged between 32 and 102. All except eight, aged between 40 and 82, had known underlying health conditions.
The deaths were between 1 December and 13 February.
There were 22 other deaths reported with no positive Covid-19 test result.
Chiara Giordano14 February 2021 14:33
Scotland records 903 new cases and four deaths
Scotland has recorded 903 positive coronavirus cases and four further deaths in the past 24 hours, according to official figures.
The number of new cases is down slightly from the 908 announced on Saturday.
Deaths of people who died after first testing positive for the virus within the previous 28 days has fallen from 45, although registration tends to be closed at the weekends.
It brings the total death toll under this measure to 6,715.
Chiara Giordano14 February 2021 14:18