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Nearly 2.8 million people in England received a Covid-19 vaccine in the last week

More than 600,000 doses were administered yesterday.

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A RECORD NUMBER of more than 600,000 people received a Covid-19 vaccine dose in a single day, NHS England has said.

Some 636,219 first and second doses were administered in England on Friday – the highest daily amount since the vaccination programme began.

NHS staff also delivered a record weekly number of vaccines, with more than 2.7 million people receiving the jab over the past seven days.

The UK Prime Minister was given his first dose of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine on Friday at St Thomas’ Hospital in central London.

It came as NHS chief executive Simon Stevens had his jab at Westminster Abbey on Thursday – the same day the health service hit another major milestone by inoculating more than half of England’s adult population.

More than 22.8 million people have now had at least one dose of the vaccine, while a further 1.5 million second doses have also been administered.

This week’s total of 2,761,890 first jabs was around 200,000 higher than the previous busiest week, NHS England said.

Vaccines are being delivered at more than 1,600 sites across England, ranging from cathedrals and mosques to stadiums and museums.

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It comes as NHS England told health leaders on Wednesday to expect a significant shortfall in vaccine doses from March 29 for about four weeks.

The slump could mean the under-50s might have to wait until May to get a vaccination, despite doctors having planned to start on that group in April.

Boris Johnson said a delay in deliveries from India and the need to retest a batch of 1.7 million doses was behind the issues with vaccine supply in April.

But he said the drop in available doses would not have an impact on the target to offer all adults a first dose by the end of June.

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